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Joe Sacco
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Born February 4, 1969 (1969-02-04) (age 48)
Medford, Massachusetts
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
New York Islanders
Washington Capitals
Philadelphia Flyers
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
Playing career 1990–2003

Joe Sacco (born Joseph William Sacco on February 4, 1969) is an American retired National Hockey League (NHL) player and currently an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins.

Playing CareerEdit

Joe was in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played for Boston University before joining the Leafs.

He also played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, and the Philadelphia Flyers. In 738 NHL games, he had 94 goals and 119 assists.

Coaching CareerEdit

In the 2005–06 season, two years into retirement from playing, Joe 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, he was named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche's new AHL franchise, the Lake Erie Monsters.

He 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, Joe 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, he 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, Joe 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, Joe was relieved of his duties on April 28, 2013. It brought an end to his eight-year association with the Avalanche.

On July 2, 2013, the Buffalo Sabres hired Joe as an assistant coach. On July 24, 2014, the Boston Bruins hired him as their assistant coach.

Career StatisticsEdit

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 recordEdit

NHLEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
COL2009–10 8243309952nd in Northwest8 Seed in Western ConferenceLost in First round (SJ)
COL2010–11 8230448684th in NorthwestDid not qualify
COL2011–12 8241356883rd in NorthwestDid not qualify
COL2012–13 4816257395th in NorthwestDid not qualify
NHL total 294130134302901 playoff berth

AHLEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
LEM2007–08 80264113656th in NorthDid not qualify
LEM2008–09 8034388766th in NorthDid not qualify
AHL total 160607921141

Coaching RecordEdit

NHLEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
COL2009–10 8243309952nd in Northwest8 Seed in Western ConferenceLost in First round (SJ)
COL2010–11 8230448684th in NorthwestDid not qualify
COL2011–12 8241356883rd in NorthwestDid not qualify
COL2012–13 4816257395th in NorthwestDid not qualify
NHL total 294130134302901 playoff berth

AHLEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
LEM2007–08 80264113656th in NorthDid not qualify
LEM2008–09 8034388766th in NorthDid not qualify
AHL total 160607921141

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States.svg United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 1996 Vienna

Joe represented the USA in the:

  • 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships
  • 1990 World Ice Hockey Championships
  • 1991 World Ice Hockey Championships
  • 1992 Winter Olympics
  • 1992 World Ice Hockey Championships
  • 1994 World Ice Hockey Championships
  • 1996 World Ice Hockey Championships
  • 2002 World Ice Hockey Championships

Personal LifeEdit

Joe's younger brother David Sacco also played in the NHL until 1998.

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