The Hockey Ball Hall of Famer has joined the ranks of the NHL Hall of Famers, as the hockey hall of famers announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins forward Joe “Smitty” Sakic has been inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame.
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Sakic was one of the most popular players of his era in the 1970s and ’80s, winning four Stanley Cups as well as two Conn Smythe Trophies and two Conn Emmys.
He is the only player to win three Hart Trophies, and is the first player in NHL history to be named to both the Vezina Trophy and the Norris Trophy, which is given annually to the NHL’s top defenseman.
Sakic played his entire career in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins.
He won four Stanley Cup Championships and three Vezinas with New Jersey.
He was also a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Bruins.
The NHL Hall Of Famer is the ninth recipient of the Joe Sakics award.
It is awarded annually to players who have contributed to hockey in some way and have had an impact on the game of hockey.
The award is named after the former New Jersey native who won a record seven Stanley Cups in his four-year NHL career, including a four-peat in 1985-86 with the Devils.