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Scott Hartnell is the latest player to join one of the NHL's more prestigious clubs after playing his 1,000th NHL game on Monday against the LA Kings. As said by Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards, there have been thousands of men to play in the National Hockey League but a very short list have been able to compete at a high enough level for a long enough period to play in 1,000 contests. Hartnell is only 32 years old and has time to play a lot more hockey. Can he catch Gordie Howe's al-time record of 1,767? That remains to be seen. The same goes for the other six players to crack 1,000 games this season. Here are a few more players we can expect to hit milestones for games played this season!
Sergei Gonchar; 1,300 Games
Sergei Gonchar has been a force in the NHL since essentially the day he was drafted. Of course that day was in the spring of 1992.
Gonchar is now 40 years old and is six games away from the 1,300th of his career, making him the active leader in games played by a defenseman. Gonchar remains an everyday contributor for the Montreal Canadiens and has a very strong case for induction into the Hall of Fame when all is said and done.
Gonchar has played for the Capitals (654 games), Boston Bruins (15 games), Penguins (322 games, Stanley Cup), Senators (186 games), Stars (79 games), and now the Canadiens (38 games). Gonchar is day-to-day with an injury sustained against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. He had been on pace to play Game No. 1,300 at Nationwide Arena on Feb. 26.