(AAR reporting marks BCOL
), known as the British Columbia Railway
between 1972 and 1984 and as the Pacific Great Eastern Railway
; AAR reporting marks PGE
) before 1972, was a railway
that operated in the Canadian
province of British Columbia
between 1912 and 2004. It was a class II
regional railway and the third-largest in Canada, operating 2 320 km (1,441 miles) of mainline track
. It was owned by the provincial government from 1918 until 2004, when the operations were sold to Canadian National Railway
Chartered in 1912, the railway was acquired by the provincial government in 1918 after running into financial difficulties. A railway that ran "from nowhere, to nowhere" for over 30 years, neither passing through any major city nor interchanging with any other railway, it expanded significantly between 1949 and 1984. Primarily a freight railway, it also offered passenger service, as well as some excursion services, most notably the Royal Hudson excursion train. The railway's operations were not always profitable, and its debts, at times, made it the centre of political controversy.
Joseph Steve Sakic
(born July 7, 1969 in Burnaby
, British Columbia
) is a Canadian
professional ice hockey center
who has played his entire National Hockey League
(NHL) career with the Quebec Nordiques
franchise. In his 18-year tenure, Sakic has won the Stanley Cup
twice, various NHL trophies and has been voted into 13 NHL All-Star Games
. He is regarded as one of the strongest team leaders to ever play in the league, and has been able to motivate his team throughout his entire career to play at a winning level.
Over the course of his career, Sakic has been one of the most productive forwards in the game, having twice scored 50 goals and earning at least 100 points in six different seasons. His wrist shot, considered to be one of the best in the NHL, has been the source of much of his production. At the conclusion of the 2006–07 NHL season, he was the 9th all-time points leader in the NHL, as well as 14th in all-time goals and 11th in all-time assists. During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sakic helped lead Team Canada to its first gold medal in 50 years, and was voted as the tournament's most valuable player. He has represented the team in six other international competitions, including the 1998 and 2006 Winter Olympics. After the 2000–01 NHL season, Sakic was named the MVP of the NHL by the hockey writers and his fellow players.