2012 Hockey Hall of Fame Ceremony: Joe Sakic to be inducted Monday night

Bruce Bennett

The NHL Network will televise the 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will see Colorado Avalanche great Joe Sakic immortalized forever.

Joe Sakic will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, immortalizing him forever as one of the greatest to ever lace up a pair of skate. The NHL Network will have live coverage of the ceremony, which begins at 5:30 p.m. MT and will see Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Mats Sundin join Sakic as the newest member of hockey immortals.

Sakic spent the bulk of his 21-year NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche. He began his career north of the border with the Quebec Nordiques and when they moved to Denver in 1995 and became the Avalanche, Sakic moved with them. The center then spent the next 13 years in Denver, where he won two Stanley Cups as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1996 and the Hart Trophy in 2001. He was also a 13-time All Star and had his number retired by the Avalanche.

In addition to his play in the NHL, Sakic was a star for Canada in international competition. He led Canada to its first Olympic hockey gold medal in 2002, earning MVP honors as Canada regained its spot atop the international hockey world. Sakic played in the Olympics in 1998 and 2006 as well.

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