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Joe Sakic Wins The Jim Gregory General Manager Of The Year Award

2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Round One

Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche speaks on stage after being awarded with the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award during the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Thursday, July 7, 2022 (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

Colorado Avalanche Executive Vice President/GM Joe Sakic had quite a 53rd birthday on Thursday.

Sakic was honored as the winner of the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year award at the first round of the NHL Draft in Montreal.

He was the architect of the Avs Stanley Cup winning team this season and beat out Julien BriseBois, the GM of the Stanley Cup runner-up Tampa Bay Lightning.

Not only did the Avs win the Stanley Cup, but Sakic's individual award complements the Norris Trophy that Cale Makar won as the top defenseman in the NHL.

Sakic was also busy on Thursday, trading three draft picks to the New York Rangers for goalie Alexandar Georgiev.

Here are Sakic's remarks as he accepted the award.

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