Joe Sakic, Long-Time Colorado Great, Elected Into Hockey Hall Of Fame

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 8: Former Colorado Avalanche player Peter Forsberg (R) receives a painting presented by former teammate Joe Sakic during a ceremony to retire his jersey before a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on October 8, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche will have one of their own in the Hall after Tuesday's elections sent 20-year-veteran Joe Sakic and three others to Toronto's shrine.

Fans of the Colorado Avalanche got some excellent news on Tuesday afternoon when the 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame class was announced. Among their numbers: C Joe Sakic, who played 13 season in Colorado:

Sakic played 20 years in the NHL, all for the Nordique/Avalanche franchise. And in 1378 pro games, Sakic managed to collect 625 goals, 1641 points and 86 game-winning goals -- including 12 game-winning goals in his impressive 2000-01 season.

He also earned 12 All-Star appearances and helped the Avalanche secure a pair of Stanley Cup engravings -- in 1996 and 2001. He also ranks sixth all time with 141.7 offensive point shares, according to Hockey-Reference.com.

For more news and updates on the Colorado Avalanche, check out the Avs blog Mile High Hockey blog, or drop by SB Nation's NHL News Hub for more news and notes from around the league.

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