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Sakic has been a quiet superstar

The overtime goal by Joe Sakic on Wednesday’s win for the Colorado Avalanche prompted an intriguing question from my partner in crime on the TEAM 1040, Barry Macdonald. Has Sakic been given the recognition he’s deserved for what he’s accomplished on the ice?

Although we’ve kept a close eye on the Colorado captain in this part of the country because he was born in Burnaby, I don’t think Sakic has garnered the national attention that his career numbers warrant. The main reasons for that are twofold.

First, Sakic played in an era that featured the names Gretzky, Lemieux, Hull, Messier and Yzerman, all of whom overshadowed his accomplishments.

Second, his understated, humble style doesn’t lend itself to fanfare. While his teammates rejoiced in a Game 1 victory against the Wild thanks to his NHL record eighth career overtime tally, Sakic simply flashed a smile and calmly skated off the ice with the understanding that there is still a long way to go this postseason.

But when there are only seven players that have put up more regular season points than you in NHL history and you just cracked the Top 10 in career playoff scoring, I guess you’re used to scoring significant goals.

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