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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 15:41

Sakic to be inducted in Broncos' Hall of Fame

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By Chris Jaster — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heading into its ninth year of existence, the Swift Current Broncos’ Hall of Fame will finally induct arguably its most famous and popular player.

altThe host committee for the Western Hockey League team’s hall of fame announced May 5 that Joe Sakic will join the likes of Todd Holt, Jason Krywulak, Tiger Williams, Todd McLellan and the 1989 Memorial Cup championship team on the wall honouring the team’s past at the Credit Union i-plex.

"I'm very excited," said Sakic. "It's a great honour. I spent two great years in Swift Current and I really enjoyed every minute of it. For me, it was a great stepping stone to get to my goal and I had a great time there; not to mention I met my wife there."

Sakic, a native of Burnaby, B.C., played with the Broncos from 1986-88. He recorded 293 points in 132 WHL games and was named the WHL’s rookie of the year in 1987, player of the year in 1987 and 1988 and the CHL’s player of the year in 1988.

He went on to win two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 2001, and the Conn Smyth Trophy for the NHL’s playoff most valuable player in 1996. He also won the Hart Trophy for the NHL’s regular season MVP and the Lester B. Pearson Award in 2001.

Sakic was also part of the Canadian hockey team that won a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. He helped Canada win gold medals at the 1988 World Junior Hockey Championship, 1994 World Championship and 2004 World Cup as well.

Sakic retired from professional hockey after the 2008-09 season. He is now an executive advisor and alternate governor with the Avalanche.

Despite all of Sakic’s success, Carol Beyer, a hall of fame committee member, said it isn’t surprising for what took so long to induct Burnaby Joe.

“We were waiting until he retired and until he was free,” said Beyer.

Word about Sakic’s induction has already spread to Bronco alumni, many of whom have already contacted the Broncos requesting tables for the induction ceremony.

Having received so many requests for tickets, which are being sold individually for $55 or $440 for a table of eight, the committee is trying to determine whether it will move the location of the ceremony taking place Aug. 6. Normally, the ceremony takes place upstairs in the i-plex. If more than 500 tickets are sold, however, the committee will try to move the ceremony to the curling rink, which can sit up to 1,500 people.

“We would have a little bit of work to get it looking proper for this function, so we would need to find out as soon as possible for the decorating committee and the caterers,” said Beyer.

Tickets for the induction ceremony will go on sale to season ticket holders May 16 at 9 a.m. They have until 5 p.m. May 19 to purchase tickets. Tickets go on sale to members of the public at 9 a.m. on May 24.

Both Sakic and the organizing committee are excited for the event this summer, even though it has barely been organized. Regardless of the location or what the decor looks like, Sakic is just looking forward to seeing old friends.

"I'm excited to to see some of your old teammates that you played with," said Sakic. "We try to get there every summer to visit my mother-in-law and father-in-law and brother-in-law, but it's going to be good to see some of my friends who I had a chance to play with."

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