Joe Sakic, currently the executive vice president of operations for the Colorado Avalanche, now has something else to add to hi impressive resume.
On Wednesday night, Sakic was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. This might be one of the greatest accomplishments Sakic has earned over his professional hockey career, which includes two Stanley Cup championships, participating in the Winter Olympics, the World Cup of Hockey, and world juniors.
Sakic was honored with the induction, and had this to say to Associated Press,
“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.”
However, Sakic wasn’t the only one to join the Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
He was inducted along with Olympic champion curler Russ Howard, cyclist Alison Sydor, late five-time Paralympian Andre Viger and the 1992 Olympic champion women’s coxless four rowing team of Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Jessica Monroe-Gonin, Kay Worthington and Jennifer Walinga. Former Canadian Amateur Hockey Association President Murray Costello and sport development architect Dr. Jean-Guy Ouellet entered as builders.