Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sakic's generosity

Joe Sakic has helped give Coloradans two Stanley Cups since 1996. More important, however, Sakic and his wife, Debbie, have helped serve 8,581,248 meals to hungry people in the state since 1998.

That is the exact number, according to Food Bank of the Rockies official Kristina Cordova, with the promise of many more to come.

For that and many other reasons, Sakic on Monday was given the ninth annual NHL Foundation Player Award, for recognition of his commitment and service to charities in his community.
Sakic joins others in recent years to receive the award, including Marty Turco last season, Jarome Iginla (2004), Darren McCarty (2003), Ron Francis (2002), Olaf Kolzig (2001) and Adam Graves (2000).

UPDATE On a related note, Vincent Lecavalier has committed $3-million to a new paediatric cancer centre in Tampa Bay.


At 4:04 p.m., October 16, 2007, Blogger Daniel said...

All the years I have wasted watching other sports, I have noticed one thing about hockey, they are passionate about their fans and the community. By far they help more people and not by just giving money to charities. You never see commercials with players building a house for United Way, like the NFL. But they don't need to, people in the know already see hockey players doing good.

Mostly gentlemen on the ice and gentlemen off of it as well. I love this game.

At 4:39 p.m., October 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe is the best, even in Quebec he was involved. That's why i like teams that considers players personality when they draft.

At 4:53 p.m., October 16, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

I wonder how many lazy columnists/broadcasters are going to pull out the hoary old "greatest assist of all" cliche to discuss this story.

Good for Joe, by the way. He's a class act all the way.

At 6:02 p.m., October 16, 2007, Blogger sager said...

Good on Sakic.

At 8:51 p.m., October 16, 2007, Blogger Black Dog said...

My wife worked on that floor in St.Pete's and presently works in the same area at Sick Kids in T.O.

She always has stories about hockey players (and other athletes as well) and the time and money they give for these kids.

Curtis Joseph is another who is very generous, even donating plenty after he left the Leafs. A lot of others as well. Good on them.


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