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When the Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado to become the Avalanche for the 1995-96 season, the team had all the pieces in place to make a Stanley Cup run -- including captain Joe Sakic. And once the team settled in Denver, he didn't waste any time taking the Avs to the top of the mountain. Sakic led Colorado to its first Stanley Cup in 1996, scoring a career-high 18 goals (including six game winners) and 34 points and earning the Conn Smythe Trophy. He would bring a second Cup to Colorado in 2001. Sakic ranks eighth all-time with 188 playoff points.

Text: Lauren Shute
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