And the winner of our greatest Colorado athlete of all-time tournament bracket is …

Joe Sakic # 19 of the Colorado ...

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Joe Sakic (19) of the Colorado Avalanche scores his first goal despite Lubomir Sekeras (77) of the Minnesota Wild during game four of the first round of the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Xcel Center on April 16, 2003 in St Paul, Minn.

After weeks of voting and tens of thousands of ballots, you, our readers, have determined who is the greatest athlete in Colorado history.

In a championship battle between John Elway and Joe Sakic, the long-time Avalanche captain struck out the legendary Broncos quarterback and received 52.83% of the vote to achieve the win.

Sakic was the captain of the Avs from the day they moved from Quebec in 1995 to the day he retired in 2009. During his 13 years in Colorado, he had 391 goals, 624 assists for a total of 1,015 points in 870 games . His 1,691 career points are the ninth in NHL history.

He received the Conn Smythe Trophy – the MVP of the playoffs – in 1996 after leading Colorado to a Stanley Cup title in their first year in Denver. It was the first major professional championship in state history. Sakic and the Avalanche won another Stanley Cup in 2001.

Plus once he scored a goal against the Blackhawks and then beat Doug Gilmour.

Joe Nguyen and Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post


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