Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/09/09 at 03:34 PM ET
from John F. Molinaro of CBC Sports,
Nothing impressed me more about Joe than the sheer drive he displayed every time he took to the ice,” Marc Crawford, now coach of the Dallas Stars, told CBCSports.ca.
Crawford should know, having coached Sakic for four seasons and winning a Stanley Cup together in 1996. Calling him a natural leader, Crawford said Sakic had a great hockey mind, and understood the game better than most of his contemporaries.
“It’s funny, because I never felt I really coached him; it was more like I collaborated with him,” Crawford explained.
Possessing brilliant hockey instincts, Sakic went about his business in a workmanlike fashion, becoming one of the premier players in the NHL in the process.
Playing against him was no picnic, according to former Edmonton Oilers forward Craig Simpson.
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