For the second time in franchise history, a former member of the Swift Current Broncos has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Joe Sakic joined Bryan Trottier among the greats and pioneers who line the walls of hockey’s shrine. I can’t imagine any other junior team having two better representatives than those two.
Sakic did it all. If any player sets out a list of goals entering their hockey career I’d say Sakick accomplished pretty much anything that would be on that list. Not only did he have a great career, but he did it with class and integrity. There are reasons why Bronco fans love the man as much as they do. It’s not just because he was among the greatest to ever play, but it is because of the way he has always carried himself as well.
In his speech Sakic noted that coming to Swift Current was the best decision he ever made because he met his wife here. It’s for that reason among others that he will always be tied to this community and the city really seems to consider him one of their own.
Congratulations Mr. Sakic! No one deserves it more.
Here is the video Christian Moulding and I put together for Sakic’s Broncos Hall of Fame banquet in 2011:
Here is my article from Swift Current Online:
Swift Current Broncos great Joe Sakic was enshrined in Hockey’s Hall of Fame on Monday.
The Burnaby, BC product scored 293 points in two seasons with the Broncos before starting his legendary NHL career.
“My wife Deb… by far the best thing to happen to me was going to Swift Current,” Sakic said in his induction speech. “I went there to play junior hockey, but it’s where I met my future wife… I couldn’t have done any of this without you.”
Sakic spent his entire professional career with the Nordiques-Colorado Avalanche franchise and was captain for 17 of his 20 seasons.
“I feel very blessed,” Sakic said. “There is absolutely no better honour for me than being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.”
Sakic was a Hart Trophy winner, Olympic Gold Medalist (2002) and two-time Stanley Cup champion (1996, 2001). Sakic also passed the 100-point mark 6 times throughout his career.
He ranks 9th all-time in NHL scoring with 625 goals and 1,016 assists in 1,378 games.
“As a kid I was supposed to be too small and two slow to get to this level,” Sakic added. “As I stand here now I’m truly humbled by this honour.”
He entered into the Hockey Hall of Fame with Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Mats Sundin.
Sakic also played in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday with fellow Broncos legends Bryan Trottier and Dave “Tiger” Williams.
He was inducted into the Swift Current Broncos Hall of Fame in the summer of 2011.
Note: for those wondering about the old car we talked about during Sakic’s Broncos Hall of Fame video in 2011, there is a picture of him with it at the Denver Post website.