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Joe Sakic Signs on For 19th Season

Coloado Avalanche's captain, Joe Sakic, signed on for his 19th season in the NHL and with the franchise.

When the season ended earlier than usual for the Colorado Avalanche, fans were disappointed to say the least; but received a cheerful boost when the franchise announced shortly afterward that captain Joe Sakic signed a 1-year contract.
Sakic, who has played all of his 18-year NHL career with the Nordiques/Avalanche organization has been described as the heart and soul of the team. At the end of the season, Sakic had played in each of Colorado's 82 games; he also picked up 100 points (36 goals, 64 assists) this season making him only the 2nd player in NHL history to hit the 100-point mark at 37 years of age.
The 2006-2007 season was also Sakic's 9th season with 30+ goals and his 14th season with 50+ assists -- putting him 3rd on the all-time list of players w/ 50+ assist seasons (behind Wayne Gretzky and Ron Francis).
“I was really impressed with the way this team came together and am looking forward to next year,” said Sakic. “To witness the growth of our young players and see how they performed with some of our other veterans was very encouraging and says a lot about the expectations we’ll have for next season.”
“As I’ve said in the past, at this stage in my career, I prefer to do one-year deals as I evaluate my play year-to-year,” added Sakic. “But I’m looking forward to next season and we feel very lucky to be a part of such a great hockey market with such amazing fan support.”
As both a hockey fan and an Avalanche fan, I'm really excited about this. Sakic is a tremendous player, and if he's slowed down at all he makes up for it in every other way. His skill and leadership are highly regarded in the NHL and among fans.