Two members of the Colorado Avalanche have been honored recently.
Joe Sakic, the recently retired former captain of the Avalanche, was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
Joe Sakic was with the team when they were brought to Denver from Quebec, and had been the face of the franchise till he announced his retirement last summer.
For More information, here’s a story in the Denver Post
Another player who has been honored is rookie center Matt Duchene, who was named a Calder Trophy Finalist for NHL rookie of the year. Duchene led all players with 24 goals and 55 points.
While there’s no question that Duchene was a key component in the Avs success this year, and I think his future couldn’t be brighter, in my opinion the Calder Trophy is already locked up by the Sabres’ Tyler Myers. A giant of a man, standing at 6’8”, he was phenomenal for Buffalo, playing a position (defenseman) this is traditionally very tough for young kids to master.
Nevertheless, let us celebrate at once the ending of a great career for Sakic, and the beginning of another one for Duchene.