Former Avalanche captain Joe Sakic inducted into NHL Hall of Fame

Joe Sakic speaks during his induction into the NHL Hall of Fame. Nov. 12, 2012

Joe Sakic speaks during his induction into the NHL Hall of Fame. Nov. 12, 2012

TORONTO — Former Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic received pro hockey’s highest honor Monday. He was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame.

Super Joe played 20 seasons in the league, all of them with the Avalanche franchise going back to when they were the Quebec Nordiques.

He’s 9th in the NHL with 1,641 points. He played in 13 all-star games, won two Stanley cups with the Avs in 1996 and 2001, and a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Sakic was captain for 17 seasons.

“Everyone here tonight has had a fantastic career and I can’t thank everyone enough,” said Sakic. “I had a chance to play 20 years, got to lift the Stanley Cup twice and was able to play for my country and win a Gold Medal. But this is the greatest honor I’ve ever received.”