Sakic (43) played his entire career in the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques, who later became the Colorado Avalance. The Canadian born Croat was also captain of the Canadian national team and won an Olympic gold medal at the Salt Lake City in 2002.
Sakic won the Stanley Cup twice, won numerous NHL trophies, and was voted into 13 NHL All-Star Games. Named captain of the team in 1992, Sakic is regarded as one of the most able team leaders in league history.
“I feel blessed to be standing here today. It is a real privilege to be part of the greats,” said Sakic.