Athlete Profile

Joe Sakic
Born: Burnaby, B.C.
DOB: July 7, 1969 (32). Height: 5-11, Weight: 185. Shoots: Left. NHL team: Colorado Avalanche.
International history: Played on 1998 Olympic team, but a knee injury mid-tournament kept him out of the final two games of the medal round. A member of Canada's 1996 silver medal-winning World Cup team. Won a gold medal in 1994 world championships and 1988 world junior tournament.
What he brings: The reigning Hart trophy winner as the league's MVP, Sakic is arguably Canada's most complete forward. Twice a 50-goal scorer in his career and two other times managing 48 goals, he is responsible defensively (a cumulative plus-98 over his last three full NHL seasons) as well as an offensive threat whenever he is on the ice.
Career highlights: A member of two Stanley Cup championship teams, 1996 and 2001, he also won the Conn Smythe trophy in that first championship season. Apart from the Hart, Sakic also won the Lady Byng and Lester Pearson trophies last spring. Played in nine NHL all-star games, beginning in 1990.