ST. LOUIS - As Alexander Steen found out on Thursday, playing in 1,000 NHL games comes with a lot more than just your name in the record books.
The St. Louis Blues honored Steen, who became the 13th player in team history to play his 1,000th game while wearing the Blue Note, with a pregame ceremony that included showering him with gifts before Thursday's game against the Winnipeg Jets at Enterprise Center.
Here's a closer look at the gifts he received prior to the game:
Blues Hall of Famer Al MacInnis presented Steen with a silver stick as a gift from the St. Louis Blues organization. The stick blade reads: Alexander Steen, 1,000th National Hockey League Game, February 1, 2020, MTS Centre, St. Louis Blues vs. Winnipeg Jets. Silver sticks have long been a traditional gift for players that have reached the 1,000 games milestone.
Blues Chairman Tom Stillman presented Steen with a Tiffany Crystal, a gift from the NHL. The crystal reads: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues, Congratulations on your 1,000th NHL Game, February 1, 2020, St. Louis 2 at Winnipeg 5, Gary B. Bettman and the National Hockey League."
On behalf of the entire 2019-20 team, captain Alex Pietrangelo presented Steen with a custom Rolex watch, which has an engraving on the back that reads "Alexander Steen, 1000 NHL Games."
Ryan O'Reilly and Jaden Schwartz unveiled a custom painting of Steen from David Arrigo, who also did a custom painting during NHL All-Star Weekend at Fan Fair. The Steen 1,000 Games painting includes several images of Steen in action along with an image of him hoisting the Stanley Cup.