Joe Sakic, who won four gold medals with Team Canada and is one of just eight Canadians to have earned membership in the IIHF Triple Gold Club (Olympics, IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Stanley Cup), will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this November, it was announced Tuesday.
Sakic, whose 20-year NHL career with the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche ended in 2009, will be inducted alongside Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Mats Sundin during a Nov. 12 ceremony in Toronto.
The Burnaby, B.C., native represented Canada on eight occasions, including one IIHF World Junior Championship (1988), two IIHF World Championships (1991, 1994), two World Cups of Hockey (1996, 2004) and three Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002, 2006).
He finished his Team Canada career with 45 points (25 goals, 20 assists) in 55 games, and is one of very few players in international hockey history to have won gold at the World Juniors, world championship and Olympics, as well as a World Cup title.
Sakic was front and centre for a pair of historical gold medal victories – he scored in the shootout to help Canada beat Finland in the gold medal game at the 1994 IIHF World Championship, giving the Canadians their first world title since 1961, and had two goals and two assists in the 2002 Olympic final, leading Canada to its first Olympic gold in 50 years.
He finished with seven points (four goals, three assists) in six games in Salt Lake City, earning MVP honours, and captained Team Canada four years later, wearing the ‘C’ at the Turin Games in 2006 in what would be his final international appearance.
|Statistics/Statistiques – International|
|CAN||TOTAL – OLY||16||6||7||13||4|
|CAN||TOTAL – WCUP||14||6||4||10||8|
|CAN||TOTAL – WC||18||10||8||18||0|
|CAN||TOTAL – WJC||7||3||1||4||2|