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Avs retire Sakic's number before opener

Updated: October 3, 2009, 7:15 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Joe Sakic would typically rather retreat from the spotlight than bask in it.

Always a humble and reserved player, the longtime Colorado Avalanche captain doesn't like a fuss to be made over him.

He made an exception Thursday night.

This was his evening.

Sakic's No. 19 sweater was raised to the rafters at Pepsi Center before the season opener against San Jose. His number is just the third retired since the Avalanche relocated to Denver in 1995, joining Patrick ...

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