Joe Sakic started his career in 1988 making passes to Peter Stastny in Quebec. He's finishing it Thursday by leaving the Colorado Avalanche to Paul Stastny, Peter's son, whom Sakic has been making passes to for the past three seasons.
Others came and went through Sakic's run with the Nordiques/Avs -- Patrick Roy was more outspoken, Peter Forsberg was able to dominate a single game better -- but Sakic was always there. He was the one constant for the franchise, but now he's retiring after 20 years, according to the Denver Post and the Associated Press.
The Avs are definitely in a rebuilding mode after finishing last in the Western Conference, and it seems like an ideal time for the 40-year-old to move on.