The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - October 18th, 2013

Bruce Bennett

Joe Sakic is now in another Hall of Fame.

Joe Sakic, currently the executive vice president of operations for the Colorado Avalanche, now has something else to add to hi impressive resume.

On Wednesday night, Sakic was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. This might be one of the greatest accomplishments Sakic has earned over his professional hockey career, which includes two Stanley Cup championships, participating in the Winter Olympics, the World Cup of Hockey, and world juniors.

Sakic was honored with the induction, and had this to say to Associated Press,

"To play for your country, I got a chance to play with Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, and I wouldn’t have had that happen on my regular team," Sakic said. "Any time you put the Canadian jersey on, you just felt something more and something special. The game just seemed to mean a little bit more. We never took that for granted."

It's nice to see an article putting Sakic in the spotlight, it seems all the love -and hate- has been put on Roy.

Gentleman Joe Sakic can't wipe the smile off his face these days.

Eleven months after the native of Burnaby, B.C., was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the 44-year-old received the same honour with the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. As an added bonus, Sakic is five months into his role as the executive vice-president of hockey operations of the Colorado Avalanche and his club is a perfect 6-0-0 entering Thursday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

When Sakic was promoted to his new position on May 10, the first major decision he made was to lure former teammate Patrick Roy to coach the Avalanche. Sakic was aggressive. Within a couple days, he and Avalanche president Josh Kroenke flew to Florida to meet with Roy. The three played a round of golf in Jupiter at the Bear's Club, a world-class golf course founded by the legendary Jack Nicklaus in 1999. Roy agreed to coach the Avalanche a week later.

Mike Commodore is heading overseas.

Longtime NHL defenseman Mike Commodore has found work overseas, signing with KHL club Admiral Vladivostok, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Commodore, 33, was unattached this season after spending the 2013 campaign bouncing around various organizations. He was with Montreal in training camp, then latched on with Dallas’ AHL affiliate — the Texas Stars — in March, scoring two goals in five regular-season games.

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