July 8, 2009 / 5:06 AM / in 8 years

Colorado's Sakic set to announce career decision

DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic will hold a news conference on Thursday and make an announcement regarding his hockey career, the team said on Tuesday on its website (avalanche.nhl.com)

<p>Colorado Avalanche captain center Joe Sakic (C) appeals to the referees at the end of the first period in their NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers in Denver, Colorado February 3, 2007. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

The 40-year-old, who has played 20 seasons with the franchise including seven when they were the Quebec Nordiques, was expected to announce his retirement, Denver media reported.

The future Hall of Famer led the Avalanche to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001 and helped Canada win the 2002 Olympic ice hockey gold medal.

The Avalanche’s all-time leading scorer has 625 goals and 1,641 points in 1,378 games.

Injuries limited him to 15 games last season and he underwent surgery for a herniated disc.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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