Joe Sakic joins fellow Denver icon John Elway as dual champ

DENVER (AP) — Joe Sakic was so busy relishing and reminiscing that he nearly

missed the team photo with the Stanley Cup before racing over just in time to join the on-ice celebration at Amalie Arena.

The general manager of the Colorado Avalanche joined fellow Denver icon John

Elway in leading his team to a championship from the front office two decades

after winning a pair of titles during his Hall of Fame playing career.

A star captain and center when the Avalanche won it all in 1996 and 2001, Sakic

secured a third Stanley Cup championship Sunday night as the architect of the

star-studded firebolt of a team that dispatched the back-to-back defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.

Sakic joined Elway’s exclusive club when the Avalanche completed their dominant playoff run with a 2-1 win in Game 6 in Tampa.