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Capitals to Honor Williams with Pre-game Ceremony Prior to his 1,000th NHL Game

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will hold a pre-game ceremony on April 10 against Anaheim to honor Justin Williams prior to his 1,000th NHL game. NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Jim Gregory will be on hand to present Williams with a commemorative crystal from the NHL, the Capitals will present Williams with a silver stick and Williams will receive a special gift from his teammates.

Williams, 34, will become the 304th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-game plateau. The 6’1”, 186-pound right wing has registered 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists) in 81 games with Washington this season, marking the fifth time in his career he has recorded 50 points in a season (2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11, 2011-12). In addition, this season will mark the sixth time in his career he has played in every game in a season (2005-06, 2006-07, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14) and the fifth time he has reached 20 goals and 30 assists in a season (2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11, 2011-12). Williams scored 30 goals in 2005-06 (31) and 2006-07 (33) and earned two points (one goal, one assist) in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game. He has registered 634 points (249 goals, 385 assists) in 999 career NHL games over 15 seasons with Philadelphia, Carolina, Los Angeles and Washington.

Williams is a three-time Stanley Cup champion (2006, 2012, 2014) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 2014. He has earned an NHL record 14 points in seven career Game 7s and his seven Game 7 goals are tied for the NHL record (Glenn Anderson). In addition, Williams has never lost a Game 7 (7-0). In 115 career NHL playoff games, Williams has registered 78 points (30 goals, 48 assists). The Cobourg, Ont., native has represented Canada at the World Championship three times (2002, 2004, 2007) and captured a gold medal in 2004 and 2007.

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