Pat Salvas is a big Joe Sakic fan. A really, really, really big Joe Sakic fan. He's such a big Joe Sakic fan that the Avalanche legend and general manager has a free seat waiting for him at every Dartmouth College hockey game, home and road.
Salvas, 33, the associate director of varsity communications at Dartmouth, grew up in New Hampshire, the son of a big Montreal Canadiens fan. Having a rebellious streak at a young age, Salvas took the contrarian route, being a fan of the rival Quebec Nordiques instead. It wasn't just a passing fancy, though.
Salvas really did become a big fan of the Nordiques, and Sakic was far and away his favorite player. When Dartmouth came to Denver last year to play in a tournament that included the University of Denver, Salvas never did get a chance to meet his hero, so after that he started leaving a seat for him anywhere Dartmouth plays. At first, he included some nuts-and-bolts statistics about Super Joe's career under the name on the seat pass, but now it's grown into a thing of its own.
At a recent game, for instance, Salvas paid homage to Sakic by writing "9(!) teams passed on Mikko Rantanen, but not Super Joe!" Even when he went to a friend's recent wedding, Salvas left a seat for Joe, like this: