Joe Sacco (ice hockey)

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Joseph Sacco
Born (1969-02-04) February 4, 1969 (age 45)
Medford, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
New York Islanders
Washington Capitals
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 71st overall, 1987
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1990–2003

Joseph William Sacco (born February 4, 1969) is an American retired National Hockey League player and currently an professional scout for the Buffalo Sabres[1]. His younger brother David Sacco also played in the NHL.

Career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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. 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.[5] It brought an end to his eight-year association with the Avalanche.[6]

On July 2, 2013, the Buffalo Sabres hired Sacco as an assistant coach.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Boston University HE 34 14 22 36 38
1988–89 Boston University HE 33 21 19 40 66
1989–90 Boston University HE 44 28 24 52 70
1990–91 Newmarket Saints AHL 49 18 17 35 24
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
1999–00 Washington Capitals NHL 79 7 16 23 50 5 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 69 7 7 14 48 6 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 65 0 7 7 51
2002–03 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 6 4 3 7 4
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 34 1 5 6 20 4 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 738 94 119 213 421 26 2 0 2 8

Coaching record[edit]

NHL[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
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

AHL[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
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
AHL total 160 60 79 21 141

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoppe, Bill (2014-06-19). http://www.buffalohockeybeat.com/sabres-will-likely-draft-center-at-no-2-still-want-to-add-another-high-pick/. Retrieved 2014-06-19.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Dater, Adrian (2009-06-05). "Spotlight turns to new Avs coach Sacco". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  3. ^ Dater, Adrian (2009-06-05). "Former players praise Avs' choice for coach". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  4. ^ Dater, Adrian (2009-06-04). "Avs hire Sacco as head coach". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  5. ^ "Sacco fired as coach of Colorado Avalanche after four NHL seasons". Denver Post. 2013-04-28. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  6. ^ "Avalanche fire head coach Sacco, after last place finish". The Sports Network. 2013-04-28. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  7. ^ "Joe Sacco, ex-Avalanche hired By Buffalo Sabres as assistant". Denver Post. 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 

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Preceded by
Tony Granato
Head coach of the Colorado Avalanche
20092013
Succeeded by
Patrick Roy