Sunday, May 21, 2017

{allcanada} Selanne, Koivu, Sakic among eight inductees into IIHF Hall of Fame

COLOGNE, Germany — Joe Sakic was one of eight inductees named to the 2017 class of the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Uwe Krupp and Teemu Selanne — two of Sakic's former teammates — were also inducted in a ceremony held prior to the medal round games at the world hockey championship. Saku Koivu, Austrian hockey legend Dieter Kalt, U.S. women's star Angela Ruggiero, Tony Hand and Patrick Francheterre rounded out the inductees.

Sakic finished his NHL career with 1,378 games played, 625 goals and 1,016 assists while also winning the Stanley Cup twice with the Colorado Avalanche. He ranks ninth all-time in NHL scoring and his eight career playoff overtime goals are an NHL record.

Sakic, of Burnaby, B.C., is also one of 27 members of the esteemed Triple Gold Club. In addition to his Stanley Cups, he won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1994 world championship and was part of the team that brought home Canada's first Olympic gold in 50 years at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. He's currently the vice-president of hockey operations with the Avalanche.

"I was so privileged to play the game of hockey, play in the National Hockey League and to get a chance to represent my country," said Sakic. "Until you do it for the first time, you don't really know what it means, but every time I've put the Canadian jersey on, I felt so much pride that you wanted to do so well and represent your country."

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