Joe Sakic knew from a young age that he wanted to be a hockey player, but even he may not have been able to guess how big of a hockey star he would become. The son of an immigrant to Canada was the 15th overall pick in 1987 and spent two decades in the NHL, playing for Quebec, who relocated to Colorado. He scored 102 and 109 points in his second and third season respectively, helping bring Quebec out of a decline, and was named captain by the age of 23. By the 1993 season the team had turned their slump around, winning 47 games, and several years later, their first year in Colorado, Sakic helped lead the team to its first Stanley Cup championship. He’d go on to hoist the Cup once more during his career, in 2001, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
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