Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Colorado Avalanche executive vice president and former NHL star Joe Sakic was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.
Sakic helped the Colorado Avalanche win two Stanley Cup titles. He was the captain of Avalanche, which he joined in 1988 when it was still in Quebec.
He went to three Olympics for Team Canada and was captain of the gold-medal team in 2006.
“To play for your country, I got a chance to play with Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, and I wouldn’t have had that happen on my regular team,” Sakic said. “Any time you put the Canadian jersey on, you just felt something more and something special. The game just seemed to mean a little bit more. We never took that for granted.”
Sakic was one of 11 Canadian athletes and sports officials honored.
Also honored were: game-changing curler Russ Howard; sport development architect Dr. Jean-Guy Ouellet; versatile cycling champion Alison Sydor; five-time Paralympian André Viger; the 1992 Women’s Olympic gold-medal rowing team coxless (Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Jessica Monroe-Gonin, Kay Worthington and Jennifer Walinga: and hockey visionary Murray Costello.