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Fanspeak: Sakic voted greatest Avalanche in franchise history

Aug 7, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT

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This summer, NBC Sports’ social media team is conducting the #NHLGreatest initiative, designed for fans to choose the best player in each franchise’s history. Balloting was conducted through three platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — with thousands of votes being cast. The results of this initiative will be released throughout the month of August, in conjunction with PHT’s Team of the Day series.

Colorado Avalanche

1. Joe Sakic — 1,602 Votes

2. Patrick Roy — 1,235 Votes

3. Peter Forsberg — 576 Votes

Avalanche fans were presented with a tough choice, but in the end, the team’s long-time captain edged one of the NHL’s all-time greatest goaltenders. Sakic spent his entire career with the Quebec/Colorado franchise and is their all-time leader in games played, goals, assists, and a slew of other categories.

He also led the Avalanche to two Stanley Cup championships and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1996. While his playing career is done, he might have more championships left in him.

Rather than fade off into the sunset after he hung up his skates, Sakic has taken an active role in shaping the Avalanche as their executive vice president of hockey operations. He has become the public face of the management side of the team and, along with new head coach Patrick Roy, has played an integral role in breathing new life into the franchise.

Only time will tell if the moves he’s making will pay off, but for now the Sakic era is still going strong in Colorado.

  1. avscup - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    That’s saying something when you put him over Roy but I agree. GOAT of the Avs!

    • avscup - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      How does this get a thumbs down. Sakic is the greatest of all time Av!

      • i1theinternet - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        because some people don’t understand your use of GOAT as an acronym for “greatest of all time”…they think you mean “goat”. not a great choice for an acronym considering their meanings are pretty much exact opposites.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        I seriously thought you meant goat was Patrick Roy who was the goat in 2003 (possibly most loaded Avs team ever) and choked a 3-1 series lead vs Minnesota (their first ever playoff appearance) and lost Game 6 in overtime to Richard Park and lost Game 7 the following night to Andrew Brunette again in overtime, which subsequently ended his career.

    • habs9 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      well Roy’s team as is generally perceived is the Habs….on the Avs he was part of an allstar team, on the Habs it was the Patrick Roy show…not to take anything away from what he did in Colorado…but looking at it from that perpective it makes sense that Sakic would win this (aside from Sakic being one of the greatest of all time in general of course)….that wristshot tho!

  2. vancouversportsbro - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    That’s like saying Paul Korea would be the greatest Anaheim Duck ever.

    Sick history when you only have 20 years as a franchise.

    Wonder who the Panthers fans will say is their greatest ever, maybe they will get five votes in the poll for the mascot.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      First of all since Florida isn’t “a hockey market,” let me drop some knowledge on you. First of all it isn’t Korea, it’s Kariya. Second, the best Panther of all-time probably has ties to your hockey team in Roberto Luongo or Pavel Bure. To claify for you, Robby Louongo and Pavol Bere.

    • lowenni - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Doesn’t matter if their franchise is only 20 years old–in those 20 years they were lucky enough to watch Sakic lace em up every game. One of the best players to ever play the game. Also one of the classiest–his handing the Cup to Ray Bourque before lifting it himself is in my opinion the most awesome moment in hockey history…if anyone hasn’t seen it, they should:
      Just cause a franchise isn’t an Original 6 team doesn’t mean they don’t have history. Avs have a lot of it with so many great players who played for them in such a short time, and winning 2 Cups–Sakic, Roy, Forsberg, Hedjuk…and now Duchene, Landeskog, and MacKinnon for years to come. Sakic would be the greatest player ever for a lot of franchises, old or new.

    • avscup - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      What a tool! Bro

  3. jacketsfan7 - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Am I the only one who’s bothered by calling him the greatest avalanche? I think they should say he’s the greatest av….the other way hits the ear wrong

  4. polegojim - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    The entire debate is ludicrous.

    • i1theinternet - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      it’s a poll, not a debate. and it gives the hockey writers something to do during july / august / september. wait until they do it again next summer…

      • polegojim - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        … ok then, the poll is ludicrous… but I agree, it’s meaningless busy work… just a very silly attempt.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Um, are we completely writing off the genesis of the franchise in Quebec? I do not disagree with Sakic, but no love for Hall of Famers Michel Goulet and Peter Stastny?

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:23 AM

      It’s the greatest Avalanche in franchise history. Those guys are the greatest Nordiques in franchise history.

    • leiha406 - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:03 AM

      Since Sakic has been, and continues to be, the face of the Avalanche/Nordiques, and is also in the Hall of Fame… Yeah, I’m cool with it.

      Not to mention, Sakic spent his entire career with the franchise which neither Goulet or Stastny did.

  6. snowrider7x - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    That’s like saying Teemu Selanne is the greatest Phoenix Coyote. Makes no sense.

  7. twesty85 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:12 AM

    ^^^ Sackic played for Quebec too. Personally, its a toss up between Roy and Sackic but i’ll take sackic. They may have won more than two cups if Roy didn’t insist on playing the puck in the corners so often.

  8. greej1938l - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    Paul Korea ! LMAO

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      He was mostly a north-south kind of player.

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