The 41-year-old defenseman was selected with the 29th pick of the 1986 Entry Draft and went on to play 1,372 regular-season games with the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Sabres. He scored 117 goals and 520 assists and scored an additional 9 goals and 14 assists in 82 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Last season Numminen skated in 57 games for the Sabres, after playing in only one game in 2007-08. A heart problem was discovered prior to the '07-08 season and Numminen missed the majority of the season after undergoing open-heart surgery.
It's an incredible feeling just to see it go in and see the Joe go pretty crazy. Ever since the introduction there, I was kind of feeling the nerves, and to put that one home, I started to feel comfortable and I thought my play started to pick up.
— Nineteen-year-old Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin after scoring a goal in his NHL debut
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