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Colorado 3, Chicago 2 (OT)

CHICAGO, March 2 (UPI) -- With 82 seconds left in overtime, Alex Tanguay extended his points streak to 14 games Sunday night, giving the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Chicago

Colorado 4, Pittsburgh 1

DENVER, March 1 (UPI) -- Peter Forsberg continued his torrid play with a goal and an assist Saturday as the Colorado Avalanche exploded for four unanswered goals in the third period and

Atlanta 4, Colorado 3 (OT)

DENVER, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Marc Savard scored 72 seconds into overtime Thursday night to give the Atlanta Thrashers a stunning 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Bob Hartley's ret

Colorado 4, Edmonton 2

DENVER, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Joe Sakic returned to the lineup Tuesday night and helped the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, who became the latest team unable to

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Sakic to return for Avalanche

DENVER, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The surging Colorado Avalanche could be even better Tuesday night as their captain, Joe Sakic, is expected to return to the lineup against Edmonton.

Colorado 5, Detroit 3

DENVER, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Milan Hejduk registered his first career hat trick and Radim Vrbata scored the go-ahead goal with 7:08 remaining Saturday as the Colorado Avalanche completed a

Avalanche loses two players

DENVER, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Already without captain Joe Sakic, the Colorado Avalanche had their injury problems compounded Friday when they learned defenseman Derek Morris and center Serge

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Broken foot sidelines Sakic

DENVER, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Team officials announced Wednesday that Joe Sakic, the second-leading goal scorer on the Colorado Avalanche, will miss up to a month with a broken foot.

Dallas 1, Colorado 1 (OT)

DENVER, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Patrick Roy, playing in his 1,000th regular-season game, stopped 29 shots Monday night but was battled to a stalemate by Marty Turco as the Colorado Avalanche s

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New Jersey 2, Carolina 1

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Joe Nieuwendyk became the 32nd player in NHL history to score 500 goals Friday night and the surging New Jersey Devils gained a small measure of revenge with a

Detroit 4, Colorado 2

DENVER, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Brendan Shanahan scored the go-ahead goal following a bad line change with 7:18 remaining Thursday night, then added an empty-netter as Detroit pulled away for

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Joe Sakic
Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic (L) answers questions after Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere (R) announces Sakic has signed a new one-year deal with during a press conference at the Pepsi Center in Denver April 9, 2007. Sakic, 37, has played his entire 18 year career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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Joseph Steven Sakic (pronounced /ˈsækɨk/; born July 7, 1969) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played his entire National Hockey League career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise. In his 20-year tenure, Sakic won the Stanley Cup twice, captured numerous NHL trophies, and was voted into 13 NHL All-Star Games. Named captain of the team in 1992 (after serving as a co-captain in 1990–91), Sakic is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and one of the strongest team leaders in the league's history as he was able to motivate his team throughout his career to play at a winning level.

Over the course of his career, Sakic was one of the most productive forwards in the game, having twice scored 50 goals and earning at least 100 points in six different seasons. His wrist shot, considered one of the best in the NHL, was the source of much of his production as goalies around the league feared this shot. At the conclusion of the 2008–09 NHL season, he was the eighth all-time points leader in the NHL, as well as 14th in all-time goals and 11th in all-time assists. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, Sakic helped lead Team Canada to its first ice hockey gold medal in 50 years, and was voted as the tournament's most valuable player. He represented the team in six other international competitions, including the 1998 and 2006 Winter Olympics. After the 2000–01 NHL season, Sakic was named the MVP of the NHL by the hockey writers and his fellow players. He retired from the NHL on July 9, 2009 and had his jersey number retired prior to Avalanche's 2009–10 season opener on October 1, 2009 at the Pepsi Center.

Sakic was born in Burnaby to Marijan and Slavica Sakic (originally Šakić, Croatian pronunciation: ), immigrants from Croatia (then a part of Yugoslavia). Growing up in Burnaby, he did not learn to speak English well until kindergarten, having been raised with Croatian as his mother tongue. This language barrier would make him a demure, quiet individual later in life. Growing up as the child of immigrants, Sakic was instilled with a strong work ethic, a trait which would serve him well in his hockey career. At the age of four Sakic attended his first NHL game, a match between the Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames; after watching the game, Sakic decided that he wanted to become a hockey player. As a smaller player, he was forced to use skill rather than size to excel, and modeled himself after his idol, Wayne Gretzky. After showing exceptional promise as a young hockey player in Burnaby, Sakic was referenced as a new Wayne Gretzky in the making. He scored 83 goals and 156 points in only 80 games for Burnaby, while attending school at Burnaby North Secondary . Soon after, he was added to the Lethbridge Broncos of the Western Hockey League for the last part of the 1985–86 season.

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