Joe Sakic (born 1969) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre of
Croatian origin, who has played his entire National Hockey League career
with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise. In his 19-year
tenure, Sakic has won the Stanley Cup twice, various NHL trophies, and has
been voted into 13 NHL All-Star Games. Named captain of the team in 1992, he
is regarded as one of the strongest team leaders to ever play in the league,
and has been able to motivate his team throughout his entire career to play
at a winning level. Over the course of his career, Sakic has been one of the
most productive forwards in the game, having twice scored 50 goals and
earning at least 100 points in six different seasons. His wrist shot,
considered to be one of the best in the NHL, has been the source of much of
his production. At the conclusion of the 2006–07 NHL season, he was the 9th
all-time points leader in the NHL, as well as 14th in all-time goals and
11th in all-time assists. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, Sakic helped lead
Team Canada to its first gold medal in 50 years, and was voted as the
tournament's most valuable player.
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Mortimer Durand, Foreign Secretary of British India, and Abdur Rahman Khan,
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now the international border between Afghanistan and modern-day Pakistan.
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undisputed control of the Soviet Union
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Oakland,
California across San Francisco Bay, opened to traffic.
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