Joe Sacco (ice hockey)
Joseph William Sacco (born February 4, 1969) is an American former National Hockey League player and currently an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins. His younger brother David Sacco also played in the NHL.
|Born||February 4, 1969|
Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||Ice hockey coach, player|
|General manager||Don Sweeney|
|Previous team(s)||Colorado Avalanche|
|Years as NHL player||1990–2003|
|Years as a coach||2005–present|
|Years as an NHL coach||2009–2013|
|Years with current team||2014–present|
Drafted in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sacco played for Boston University before joining the Leafs. Sacco also played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, and Philadelphia Flyers. In 738 NHL games, he had 94 goals and 119 assists.
|Representing United States|
Played for USA in:
- 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
In the 2005–06 season, two years into retirement from playing, Sacco 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, Sacco was named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche's new AHL franchise, the Lake Erie Monsters. Sacco 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, Sacco 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, Sacco 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, Sacco 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, Sacco was relieved of his duties on April 28, 2013. It brought an end to his eight-year association with the Avalanche.
On July 24, 2014, the Boston Bruins hired Sacco as their assistant coach.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1985–86||Medford High School||HS-MA||20||30||30||60||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||Medford High School||HS-MA||21||22||32||54||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990–91||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||20||0||5||5||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||United States National Team||Intl||50||11||26||37||61||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|COL||2009–10||82||43||30||9||95||2nd in Northwest||8 Seed in Western Conference||Lost in First round (SJ)|
|COL||2010–11||82||30||44||8||68||4th in Northwest||Did not qualify||—|
|COL||2011–12||82||41||35||6||88||3rd in Northwest||Did not qualify||—|
|COL||2012–13||48||16||25||7||39||5th in Northwest||Did not qualify||—|
|NHL total||294||130||134||30||290||—||—||1 playoff berth|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|LEM||2007–08||80||26||41||13||65||6th in North||Did not qualify||—|
|LEM||2008–09||80||34||38||8||76||6th in North||Did not qualify||—|
- "Joe Sacco Hired As Bruins Assistant Coach". July 24, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- "Medford's Joe Sacco begins next phase of NHL career as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche". medford.wickedlocal.com. October 7, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
- Adrian Dater (June 5, 2009). "Spotlight turns to new Avs coach Sacco". Denver Post. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
- Adrian Dater (June 5, 2009). "Former players praise Avs' choice for coach". Denver Post. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
- Adrian Dater (June 4, 2009). "Avs hire Sacco as head coach". Denver Post. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
- "Sacco fired as coach of Colorado Avalanche after four NHL seasons". Denver Post. April 28, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
- "Avalanche fire head coach Sacco, after last place finish". ESPN.com. ESPN. April 28, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
- "Joe Sacco, ex-Avalanche hired By Buffalo Sabres as assistant". Denver Post. July 2, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2018.