Joe Sacco (ice hockey)
February 4, 1969 |
Medford, MA, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Maple Leafs
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
New York Islanders
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||71st overall, 1987
Toronto Maple Leafs
Joseph William Sacco (born February 4, 1969) is an American retired National Hockey League player and currently an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres. Recently, Sacco was the head coach for the Colorado Avalanche. His younger brother David Sacco also played in the NHL.
Drafted in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sacco played for Boston University before joining the Leafs. Sacco also played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, and Philadelphia Flyers. In 738 NHL games, he had 94 goals and 119 assists.
In the 2005–06 season, two years into retirement from playing, Sacco was hired as an assistant coach for the Lowell Lock Monsters, affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. On May 7, 2007, after two years as an assistant, Sacco was named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche's new AHL franchise, the Lake Erie Monsters. Sacco then led the Monsters for the next two seasons and while recording somewhat unimpressive season's numbers with limited resources was credited with helping development of younger players to the NHL.
On June 4, 2009, a day after Avalanche head coach Tony Granato was fired, Sacco was promoted and later introduced as the new head coach of the Colorado Avalanche for the 2009–10 season, a job former Avs great Patrick Roy turned down days prior. After being projected finishing 15th in the Western Conference by most hockey pundits, Sacco coached the Avalanche to the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs posting a record of 43–30–9 in his rookie year of coaching in the NHL. With a 26 point improvement on the Avalanche's previous season's efforts, this marks the greatest single year turnaround the NHL has seen since the 2000 expansion of the league. His team would end up being eliminated in the first round after six games by the San Jose Sharks. On April 28, 2010, Sacco was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for NHL coach of the year alongside Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes and Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators.
Following the 2012–13 season, his fourth year at the helm, finishing last in the Western Conference and out of the playoffs for a third consecutive year, Sacco was relieved of his duties on April 28, 2013. It brought an end to his eight-year association with the Avalanche.
|1990–91||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||20||0||5||5||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||17||7||4||11||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||—||—||—||—||—||1||1||1||2||0|
|1992–93||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||37||14||16||30||45||7||6||4||10||2|
|1992–93||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||23||4||4||8||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||84||19||18||37||61||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||41||10||8||18||23||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||76||13||14||27||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||77||12||17||29||35||11||2||0||2||2|
|1997–98||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||55||8||11||19||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||New York Islanders||NHL||25||3||3||6||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||New York Islanders||NHL||73||3||0||3||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|COL||2009–10||82||43||30||9||95||2nd in Northwest||8 Seed in Western Conference||Lost in First round (SJ)|
|COL||2010–11||82||30||44||8||68||4th in Northwest||Did not qualify||—|
|COL||2011–12||82||41||35||6||88||3rd in Northwest||Did not qualify||—|
|COL||2012–13||48||16||25||7||39||5th in Northwest||Did not qualify||—|
|NHL total||294||130||134||30||290||—||—||1 playoff berth|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|LEM||2007–08||80||26||41||13||65||6th in North||Did not qualify||—|
|LEM||2008–09||80||34||38||8||76||6th in North||Did not qualify||—|
- "Buffalo Sabres hire Joe Sacco" ESPN. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
- "Joe Sacco, former NHL Coach of Year candidate, joins Sabres as Rolston's assistant" Buffalo News. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
- Dater, Adrian (2009-06-05). "Spotlight turns to new Avs coach Sacco". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- Dater, Adrian (2009-06-05). "Former players praise Avs' choice for coach". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- Dater, Adrian (2009-06-04). "Avs hire Sacco as head coach". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
- "Sacco fired as coach of Colorado Avalanche after four NHL seasons". Denver Post. 2013-04-28. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
- "Avalanche fire head coach Sacco, after last place finish". The Sports Network. 2013-04-28. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
- "Joe Sacco, ex-Avalanche hired By Buffalo Sabres as assistant". Denver Post. 2013 07-02. Retrieved 2013-07-02.
- Joe Sacco's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Joe Sacco's biography at Legends of Hockey
|Head coach of the Colorado Avalanche