This is Joe Sakic. For me, Sakic will always be the guy who didn’t get the attention he deserved (Yzerman is more famous, no? was he BETTER?) probably because he played most of his career in the west and in an American town.
Sakic’s story is almost the complete opposite of Eric Lindros, another Nordique draft. Sakic got drafted, worked hard, got better, won his Stanley’s and became Joe Montana.
I’ve been a Sakic fan forever, to me he embodies the best of our game and continues to amaze. His career in the NHL began in 1988 and his stats are as consistent as Ray Bourque’s or Hank Aaron’s. The hits just kept on coming.
Tonight will be Joe Sakic’s 1340th NHL game, and he’ll be a player who helps his team in their efforts to win.
There’s a lot to respect about a guy like Joe Sakic, and a lot to learn from him too. Stay the course, work hard, make everything out of the talents God gave you. Try to make a few friends along the way, and understand the people you meet on the way up will still be there when you’re sliding back down.
I think Joe Sakic is an outstanding role model in an era when sports offers very few. Even more than his counting numbers, that’s what I respect most about him.