Joe Sakic, Debbie Sakic: United States citizens.
Denver sports’ First Couple spent Monday up in Vail celebrating the Fourth of July, with their newly designated status as official U.S. citizens. Let’s make one thing clear: The Sakics are Canadian citizens first and foremost.
The two got the application process to become dual Canadian-U.S. citizens years ago, and they were finally approved not too long ago in getting their green cards. Here is more on what the process entails in becoming a U.S. citizen, for those who weren’t born here.
Sakic has had a Denver residence since 1995, of course. His three kids were born in Denver, so they are automatically U.S. citizens. Sakic was born in a hospital in Vancouver and grew up in suburban Burnaby. Debbie is from Saskatchewan.
So, the Sakics have all the rights and privileges as any other American now. Again, Canadian fans shouldn’t take umbrage at this. I know that Sakic is still Canadian, through and through. Same with Debbie.
But let’s give them a good, old-fashioned American welcome to two of our newest citizens.