Much like the monikers “Jordan” on the hardwood or “Montana” on the gridiron, those surnames have become synonymous with the sport of hockey, as their bearer’s rank among the most recognized and heralded players in the history of the game.
When it comes to on-ice achievements, the name Sakic doesn’t rank too far off.
Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic recorded a goal and one assist in a 3-2 overtime victory over Calgary on Friday to reach 1,600 points in his career, further cementing his legacy as one of the top players to ever lace up a pair of skates.
Sakic opened the scoring in Friday night’s game with a first-period goal – which Andrew Brunette assisted on to earn his 500th career point – and also assisted on Ryan Smyth’s overtime game winner to join the seven aforementioned current and future Hall-of-Famers in the 1,600-point club.
But Sakic’s milestone on Friday wasn’t the captain’s first monumental achievement this season.
Earlier this year, Sakic passed Phil Esposito for eighth place on the all-time points list and also broke a tie with Bobby Hull for 14th place on the career goals list – in the same game, nonetheless– with a goal and an assist on Oct. 7 vs. San Jose.
Less than a week later, the 19-year veteran recorded his 15th career hat trick in an Oct. 13 contest against the Calgary Flames, placing him only one behind Peter Stastny for the franchise record.
Next up for Sakic? The center needs 15 more assists to become only the 11th player in league history to register 1,000 helpers.