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Joe Sakic Hall of Fame Speech: Avs legend thanks friends, teammates

Joe Sakic spent his Hall of Fame induction speech thanking his friends, his family and everyone else that he knew during his long career with the Colorado Avalanche organization.

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Colorado Avalanche legend Joe Sakic was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, getting in just as soon as he was expected to after a long and fruitful career with the Quebec Nordiques and then the Avs. He was enshrined along with Mats Sundin, Adam Oates and Pavel Bure.

During his induction speech, Sakic spent his time thanking the many people who helped him get to the podium before being enshrined:

"As a kid, like all of us, you just hope to make the National Hockey League and just hoping to play one game. And today I stand here. I feel very blessed. I had the chance to play 20 years, I played on some great teams, got to lift the Stanley Cup twice, and also had the privilege of playing for my country and winning the gold medal in Salt Lake.

But with all that said, there is absolutely no better honor for me than being inducted here into the Hockey Hall of Fame tonight. This is a night that my family and I will never forget.

And I have a lot of people to thank that helped me get here."

The full transcript for Sakic's HoF induction speech can be found on the Colorado Avalanche's website.