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Joe Sacco | Winger

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (45) / 2/4/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 194
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Joe Sacco is thrilled to be joining the Boston Bruins.
Sacco will serve as an assistant coach under Claude Julien. "Well it's obviously an exciting time to be a part of the Bruins organization right now and the success that they've had in the past number of years," Sacco said. "Moving forward especially with the group now, I feel pretty fortunate right now to step in and serve in the capacity that I'll be doing so." Sacco hasn't worked with the Bruins' organization before, but he's from Medford, MA and played at Boston University, so he should feel comfortable in Boston. Jul 25 - 9:23 AM

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Joe Sacco has joined the Boston Bruins as an assistant coach.

Sacco spent the 2013-14 campaign serving in the same capacity with Buffalo. He previously spent four seasons as the Colorado Avalanche's bench boss and finished with a 130-134-30 record. "He’s got some great experience, not only as a hockey player but also as an assistant coach, whether it’s been in the American League or NHL," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. "He's also been a head coach in both leagues as well, so I think just the fact that we've been able to have a guy who has that much experience coming into our group [is important]. Also the fact that he's been a player for such a long time — we all know that he'll have instant respect from our players." Sacco had 94 goals and 213 points in 738 career NHL games.
Jul 24 - 5:51 PM

The Buffalo Sabres hired Joe Sacco as an assistant coach.

Sacco will join Ron Rolston's staff after the former interim coach received the full-time job earlier in the offseason. Sacco, a former Coach of the Year candidate, was fired by Colorado after the season and eventually replaced by Patrick Roy.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 04:06:00 PM

The Flames offered all three of their first-round picks to the Avalanche but were rebuffed, according to HNIC's Elliotte Friedman on "Hot Stove."

Wow. The Flames hold the sixth, 22nd and 28th picks in the first round and that seems like a very steep price to pay for the first-overall pick, so they might've been done a favor here. WHL defenseman Seth Jones is expected to go to the Avs at No. 1.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 10:26:00 PM

Goalie coach Kirk McLean is no longer with the Colorado Avalanche, according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

McLean had been with the Avs since 2010 but apparently was never a full-time employee. The Avs are clearly undergoing a franchise makeover with Joe Sakic being promoted to executive vice president of hockey operations and Patrick Roy's name being circulated in head coach rumblings. It's unlikely there will be any assistants or consultants hired until Sakic and team president Josh Kroenke pick a new head coach.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, May 14, 2013 01:15:00 PM

The Colorado Avalanche won the NHL's draft lottery Monday night and the right to select U.S.-born defenseman Seth Jones.

You couldn't write a better story no matter how hard you tried. Jones learned to play hockey as a kid in Denver while his father, former NBA player Popeye Jones, played for the Denver Nuggets. Jones is considered the No. 1 overall prospect ahead of Canadian forward Nathan MacKinnon. There's still quite some time before the first round of the draft on June 30, but it would be a pretty big surprise if Jones isn't the top pick now.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 08:41:00 PM

The Colorado Avalanche fired head coach Joe Sacco on Sunday.

It's not really a shocking development since he's only taken the Avs to the playoffs in one out of his four campaigns and has never won a series. He finishes his days in Colorado with a 130-134-30 record in 294 games.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 01:39:00 PM

One of the reasons Colorado didn't make the postseason is their horrible road record.

The Avalanche are an abysmal 3-16-4 on the road this season. "It was a huge difference, and unfortunately it started early for us. It has to be better on the road, but it wasn't," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "I don't want to look at any single player to blame for that, but it happened. We had a lot of games where we allowed a power-play goal or two in the first two periods, then had to come from behind in the third and we weren't able to do it." Jean-Sebastien Giguere suggested that a lack of confidence away from home might have been part of the problem.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 09:26:00 AM

Joe Sacco will serve as Team USA's coach in the upcoming World Championships.

Sacco previously served as an assistant coach in the World Championships in 2009 and 2010. He's available for the post because his Avalanche have already been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Although the Colorado Avalanche are 12-20-4 this season, they still have faith in their foundation.

That's why the Avalanche weren't bigger sellers at the deadline. They've assembled a young group of players that are largely signed through at least 2014, so they didn't have any obvious players to sell. "I believe in this hockey team and I believe in the foundation that we have here," Avalanche GM Greg Sherman said. "We all believe in it, from our entire operation on down. But obviously we deserve the criticism we're getting, and I understand that. Clearly, the foundation is in place and we need to build on it."
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 09:25:00 AM

The Colorado Avalanche might let the trade deadline pass without them making any significant moves.

The Avalanche should technically be regarded as sellers going into the deadline, but they don't really have much to sell. Their core is young and what few older players they have - like Milan Hejduk and Jean-Sebastien Giguere - are primarily playing in complimentary roles. Additionally, the vast majority of their team is signed until at least the summer of 2014. So they don't have any players that lend themselves to being dealt, although they could surprise people by moving Paul Stastny or Erik Johnson if they wanted to shake up the status quo.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 09:57:00 AM

Colorado Avalanche assistant coach David Quinn will leave for Boston University after the 2013 campaign.

Quinn will become the men's hockey team bench boss. "This is an extraordinary opportunity for David and we are thrilled for him," Avalanche GM Greg Sherman said. "We wish him all the best with this next challenge in his career. We are also pleased he will be able to fulfill his responsibilities here with us for the remainder of this season."
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 08:38:00 AM

Coach Joe Sacco may be the next NHL coach fired.

The Avs have lost six of their last seven games and the twitter world has been agog with people calling for his head but he is getting a lot of support within the Colorado dressing room. "It has nothing to do with the coaches," said Avs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. "The system is there. It's a good system. It's the same system as we played last year, when we had some success. When we decide to be all on the same page and play within the rules of our team, we're a successful team, especially with the talent that we have." Stay tuned.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 07:38:00 AM

Avalanche coach Joe Sacco likes his team's chances of ending the Chicago Blackhawks' points streak on Friday.

Colorado nearly did it on Wednesday, but they coughed up a 2-1 lead going into the third period. However, the rematch will be in Colorado. "We controlled their tempo for the most part (Wednesday)," Sacco said. "You want to manage the puck well against them, because if you don't they'll make you pay, and for the most part I thought we did." Colorado has less than half the points of Chicago at this stage of the season.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 08:59:00 AM

The Colorado Avalanche are the worst team with the man advantage so far this season.

The Boston Bruins were worse going into Friday's contests, but the Bruins managed to convert on one of their two power-play opportunities Friday night. Colorado is also one of the worst teams offensively this season, which isn't two surprising considering they're playing without Gabriel Landeskog, Steve Downie, or Ryan O'Reilly. The Avalanche might improve a bit offensively, especially when Landeskog eventually recovers from a head injury, but overall, their offense will probably be an ongoing problem this season.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Feb 16, 2013 09:34:00 AM

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RW1Loui Eriksson
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7Matt Bartkowski
8Kevan Miller
9Corey Potter
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