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Hundreds of questions poured in, now Joe Sakic provides some answers in this edition of "Ask an Av".
Hey Joe, what was it like to walk into the dressing room for the first time and see the "C" on your jersey? Will from Loveland, Colorado Joe Sakic: It was pretty exciting. The first time I saw it was when Peter Stastny got traded. The next day they were sharing the captains and I had it on. It was a great honor and was pretty cool to see the “C”.
If you weren't a professional hockey player, what other field or career would you have pursued, and why? What other interests did you have growing up? Patrick from Moncton, New Brunswick JS: To be honest, the only thing I ever wanted to do was play hockey. But if I wasn’t playing hockey, I don’t know for sure, but I’d probably get into something exciting, like being a firefighter or a cop.
Joe, you are my favorite player and I have deep respect for you and your choice to be so loyal to this team. What is your reason for being this loyal? I think that this loyalty is something worth looking up to. Olav from Lillehammer, Norway JS: I think loyalty is a two-way street. Anytime you get to be part of an organization that treats you so well and is so good to you, you want to be good back. This is a great organization and I’m proud to be a part of it.
Hey Joe! I spend a large portion of my time on my rec team trying to emulate that famous wrist shot of yours. Do you have any tips that might help me reach an epiphany? P.S. - We have an open spot on our roster if you ever need a confidence boost. Sean from Boulder, Colorado JS: Thanks for the offer, Sean. I use my legs a lot and try to really lean into it. I drive with both of my legs and also use a whippier stick, so I let the stick do a lot of the work. But it mostly came from stickhandling in my basement all the time. If anyone tries to stickhandle for five minutes on a smooth floor with a puck, you’ll feel your forearms burning. I think that helped a lot too, more so than shooting pucks. Mr. Sakic, I understand you play a bit of golf in the offseason. What is the best round you have ever shot and what is your favorite Colorado course to play? T.J. from Littleton, Colorado JS: The best round I ever shot was a 71, but that was in Saskatchewan. My favorite course to play in Colorado is Castle Pines. Here in Denver, my best round is a 72.
Super Joe, what young star in the NHL today reminds you of yourself at a young age when you played with the Quebec Nordiques? Duane from Tucson, Arizona JS: That’s a great question, Duane. I know a lot of people compare me and Brad Richards. But I think today’s players are different than when I broke in. They have better hands and seem to be bigger and quicker than we were when I started.
Who do you think is the best all around player in the league? Jared from Thornton, Colorado JS: I think you could probably look at Jarome Iginla, Joe Thornton or Sidney Crosby as the most complete two-way players.
We hear a lot of stories of how players celebrate with the Cup when it's their day with it. How did you celebrate with it in 1996 and 2001? Thank you and Go Avs! Bonnie from Lone Tree, Colorado JS: In 1996, my wife was pregnant with our first son, Mitchell, so we just had the Cup here and had a little get-together with our friends and neighbors at our house. In 2001 I took it back to Vancouver and we rented a boat and went out to watch the fireworks. We had all of our family and friends there, so it was pretty cool.
Joe, which Stanley Cup was more gratifying to win? Colorado's first major sports title or being able to hand Ray Bourque his first Stanley Cup? Kyle from Amsterdam, Netherlands JS: They were both great, obviously. Anytime you can win a championship, it’s a great experience. But growing up as a kid it’s your dream to win that first Stanley Cup. If I had to pick one, the first one would be the most memorable.
Although they are a couple of years away, do you plan on participating in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in your home province? I imagine it would be quite a thrill to play Olympic hockey on Canadian soil, in front of the best fans on Earth. Jon from Montreal, Quebec JS: It would be a great thrill to play in the Olympics in my hometown for sure, but I’m at a stage in my career where we decide every year if I want to keep trying for that goal.
Thanks to everyone who sent in their questions. There were so many of them, and I wish I had a chance to answer them all!