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A milestone debut for Hamrlik

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

 Roman Hamrlik will kick of the 2007-08 season by appearing in his 1,000th career NHL game.
MONTREAL - The Canadiens will open their 98th season (91st in the NHL) on Wednesday October 3, 2007, in Raleigh, North Carolina against the Hurricanes. For defenseman Roman Hamrlik, his first game in a Canadiens uniform will be his 1,000th regular season game in the NHL. The milestone will come 14 seasons after Hamrlik’s first NHL game back on October 7, 1992 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He joins a group of 218 players to have reached the coveted mark.

Hamrlik becomes the seventh player in team history to play his 1,000th game in a Canadiens jersey, following in the footsteps of Henri Richard, Claude Provost, Frank Mahovlich, Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey and Stéphane Quintal. He is also the fourth Czech-born player to reach the milestone after countrymen  Jaromir Jagr, Bobby Holik and Petr Svoboda.

With a little help from his friends Bryan Smolinski and Alex Kovalev, Roman Hamrlik will make history as for the first time in NHL history, three players from the same team will reach the 1,000th NHL game milestone in the same month. Smolinski and Kovalev have played in 992 and 991 games, respectively, and are on track to each play their 1,000th game in October. In this record breaking month, two more NHLers are set to reach the milestone as Owen Nolan (Calgary, 991 games) and Mike Sillinger (NY Islanders, 990 games) are just a few games shy of the mark.

1000 games with the Canadiens
1,000th game with the Canadiens Roman Hamrlik in the NHL
Henri Richard - 1,256
Frank Mahovlich
Tampa Bay - 377 games
Larry  Robinson - 1,202
Stephane Quintal Edmonton - 196 games
Bob Gainey  - 1,160 Roman Hamrlik NY Islanders - 300 games
Jean Beliveau - 1,125 Bryan Smolinski (Oct. 2007) Calgary - 126 games
Claude Provost - 1,005 Alex Kovalev (Oct. 2007)  
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