Joe Sakic headed for Hockey Hall of Fame

Joe Sakic

Joe Sakic's jersey was retired on October 1, 2009.

DENVER – A super honor for “Super Joe.”

Former Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this fall, the selection committee announced Tuesday.

Sakic, 42, will become the first player who has spent his entire career with the Avalanche organization to be inducted.

“Joe is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word and today’s announcement came as no surprise to hockey fans around the world,” said Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix. “Joe’s contributions to the game of hockey have been invaluable and his achievements speak for themselves.”

Sakic was captain of the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche for 16 consecutive seasons. He led the Avs to two Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001, earning the honor of playoff MVP in 1996.

Sakic retired in 2009 as the eighth-highest scorer in NHL history with 1,641 career points — a total that still ranks ninth all-time.

He’ll be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 12 with other NHL greats Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Mats Sundin.