One of a young Joe Sakic’s mentors was Peter Stastny. The Hall of Fame center played fewer than two full seasons with Sakic in Quebec yet when he left the Nordiques and was skating with the New Jersey Devils, Stastny went to Nordiques management and recommended Sakic as the team’s full-time captain. It was that clear from the beginning that Burnaby Joe (named after his hometown of Burnaby, British Columbia) was a natural leader who also happened to be an outstanding skater. He became an immediate star in Quebec, and his reputation as a respected athlete spread quickly around NHL circles. He surpassed the 100-point mark in three of his seven seasons with the Nordiques and added 90-point efforts in two others. This 25” x 17” Iceberg framed shadow box features a specially designed image of the hard-working Sakic chasing the puck in a Nordiques jersey set behind an autographed acrylic stick blade signed in black paint pen. His signature is deemed authentic by virtue of Upper Deck Authenticated’s Five Step Process.