Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Sacco
Growing up in Medford, Massachusetts, Joe Sacco watched his favourite player, Bobby Orr, dominate other teams at the Boston Garden for his beloved Bruins. Sacco attended Boston University where his younger brother, David, would follow a year later. The two bothers were both drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs as their 4th choices, Joe in 1987 and David in 1988. Both spent time playing for the USA National Team and Olympic team. They both had separate Maple Leaf stints, and they both played for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks at the same time starting in the 1994-95 season.

Joe was called up the Leafs in the 1990-91 season where he played 20 games. The next season saw him in action with the USA National Team, Olympic team, World Championship team and the Maple Leafs. After another season with the Toronto organization, mostly spent with their farm club in St. John's, Joe was picked up by the Mighty Ducks in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft. In his first year with Anaheim, he registered a career high in goals (19), assists (18), and points (37). After four seasons with the Ducks, Sacco was traded to the New York Islanders in the 1997-98 season where he stayed until signing with the Washington Capitals in 1999.

The former BU star went on to play three seasons with the Caps before being acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers in January 2003. Upon his arrival with the Flyers, Sacco would split his time between the NHL club and its AHL affiliate before calling it a career at seasons end.

On the international stage, Sacco has gone on to represent his homeland on numerous occasions inlcluding; World Junior Championships (1989), World Championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996 and 2002) and Winter Olympics (1992).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Medford High Mustangs High-MA 20 30 30 60
1986-87 Medford High Mustangs High-MA 21 22 32 54
1987-88 Boston University Terriers H-East 34 16 20 36 40
1988-89 Boston University Terriers H-East 33 21 19 40 66
1988-89 United States WJC-A 7 3 1 4 2
1989-90 Boston University Terriers H-East 44 28 24 52 70
1989-90 United States WEC-A 10 1 1 2 2
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 20 0 5 5 2 -5
1990-91 Newmarket Saints AHL 49 18 17 35 24
1990-91 United States WEC-A 10 1 0 1 6
1991-92 United States Nat-Tm 50 11 26 37 61
1991-92 United States Olympics 8 0 2 2 0
1991-92 United States WC-A 6 1 0 1 4
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 17 7 4 11 4 +8
1991-92 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 1 1 1 2 0
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 23 4 4 8 8 -4
1992-93 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 37 14 16 30 45 7 6 4 10 2
1993-94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 84 19 18 37 61 -11
1993-94 United States WC-A 8 0 1 1 14
1994-95 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 41 10 8 18 23 -8
1995-96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 76 13 14 27 40 +1
1995-96 United States WC-A 8 2 4 6 2
1996-97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 77 12 17 29 35 +1 11 2 0 2 2
1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 55 8 11 19 24 -1
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 25 3 3 6 10 +1
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 73 3 0 3 45 -24
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 79 7 16 23 50 +7 5 0 0 0 4
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 69 7 7 14 48 +4 6 0 0 0 2
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 65 0 7 7 51 -13
2001-02 United States WC-A 7 2 1 3 2 +1
2002-03 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 6 4 3 7 4 +5
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 34 1 5 6 20 0 4 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 738 94 119 213 421 26 2 0 2 8


Brother of David Claimed by Anaheim from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Traded to NY Islanders by Anaheim with J.J. Daigneault and Mark Janssens for Travis Green, Doug Houda and Tony Tuzzolino, February 6, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 9, 1999. Signed to a PTO (tryout) contract by Philadelphia (AHL), January 2, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, January 15, 2003.