Patrice Bergeron, bus driver? In many ways, that’s exactly what the player on the cusp of a major milestone is.
It all started in Hockeytown for Henrik Zetterberg, and it's continued there for 14 seasons.
One milestone down and another on the way. With Detroit’s 2016-17 season coming to a close, Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg still has plenty on his hockey plate.
Sam Gionta still can’t quite wrap his mind around how quickly his son’s NHL career has gone by. He knew he’d be reminded of it again when the Buffalo captain skated in his 1,000th NHL game on March 27. And he was.
To quote Brian Gionta, “You don’t stray from what you are, the person you are, the character you are… it evolves from there.”
Whether he’s representing his country, or his big league club, over the course of 1,000 career NHL games, Eric Staal’s list of accomplishments has become one that isn’t easily rattled off.
Radim Vrbata played in his 1,000th career NHL game on March 9th while reaching the mark with another notable accomplishment in tow, as the NHL’s current leader in all-time shootout goals with 45 to his name.
Ice Cheetah, ChimDawg - you don’t get nicknames like that without the play, and personality to match them.
Dessert. Dance moves. Vocal stylings. According to his New York Islanders teammates, those are just some of the extras Jason Chimera, closing in on 1,000 NHL games, brings to the team.
On November 1, Jay Bouwmeester will play in his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 307th player to reach the mark. The achievement is hardly a surprise for those familiar with Bouwmeester’s body of work.