MONTREAL -- The Canadiens will host the New Jersey Devils tonight setting the stage for Patrice
Brisebois’ 1,000th NHL regular season game.
Brisebois began his NHL career with the Canadiens back on January 27, 1991 in a game against the visiting Boston Bruins at the Montreal Forum. Brisebois, who was wearing number 43 during his first tenure with the Canadiens from 1991 to 2004, also recorded his first NHL point in that game when he assisted on Shayne Corson’s goal at 12:19 of the second period.
One of only two players (with teammate Mathieu Schneider who is also in his second tour of duty) from the 1993 Stanley Cup still with the Canadiens, Brisebois will be playing his 53rd game of the season on Friday, his 887th regular season game in a Canadiens uniform. He also spent two seasons in Colorado suiting up for 113 games with the Avalanche before returning to Montreal as a free agent on August 3, 2007.
Patrice Brisebois becomes the 11th player in franchise history to play his 1,000th NHL game in a Canadiens jersey after Henri Richard, Claude Provost, Frank Mahovlich, Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey, Jean Béliveau, Stéphane Quintal, Roman Hamrlik, Bryan Smolinski and Alex Kovalev.
Brisebois currently ranks 12th on the team’s all-time list for most games played, and is only the fourth defenseman to play in a 1,000th NHL game with the Bleu Blanc Rouge after Larry Robinson (1202), Serge Savard (917) and Doug Harvey (890). On the Canadiens all-time scoring list, Brisebois comes in 35th place with a total of 369 points, fifth among defensemen.Read also:1,2,3...1,000 Habs Notebook - March 13, 2009