Joe Sakic wore the captain's "C" for 13 years in Denver. He is one of the few players to play his entire career with one franchise, being drafted by Quebec 15th overall in 1987 and moving to Colorado when the Nordiques became the Avalanche.
Sakic retired last season at No. 8 on the all-time regular season scoring list—1,641 points in 1,378 regular season games played. He added 188 points in 172 playoff games to that total to tie for No. 7 on the all-time playoff scoring list.
In addition to being one of the greats on the ice, Sakic was the face of the Avalanche during his entire career in Denver. He led the team to two Stanley Cups in 10 playoff appearances and eight division championships.
Sakic was one of the league's true class acts—he was a constant finalist for the Lady Byng trophy, given to the player with the most sportsmanlike conduct.
At the end of his career, his trophy case included a Conn Smythe Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award, All-Star Game MVP award, Lady Byng Trophy and an Olympic gold medal.
Sakic is currently spending his time with the Avalanche front office, so luckily for Denver fans, you haven't seen the last of "Super Joe." He will continue to have an impact on the Colorado Avalanche franchise for years to come.