ST. LOUIS -- At the time, Barret Jackman's first NHL game in 2002 may have felt like a blur. But it's a day the 32-year-old will never forget.
Jackman confirmed as much as he prepared to play in his 700th regular season NHL game this afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets. It's a major milestone for the veteran of 11 pro seasons, all with the St. Louis Blues
Jackman's stat line for that April 14, 2002 day against the Detroit Red Wings didn't come with any goals or assists. But looking across from his left defensive position and seeing Hall-of-Famer Al MacInnis would make any player feel in awe.
"Having played with Al my first year, I learned so much," said Jackman, who played 18:26 that night with one shot and two penalty minutes. "I was a lucky rookie defensemen that got to play with one of the greatest defensemen to ever come through here."
Jackman will reach the 700-game milestone Saturday when the Blues (38-12-6) play their last game before the 2014 Sochi Olympics against the red-hot Jets (28-26-5).