– Washington Capitals assistant captain Mike Knuble
is scheduled to play his NHL milestone 1,000th NHL game tomorrow against the Nashville Predators at Verizon Center. The Capitals will honor Knuble with a special pre-game ceremony to congratulate the forward on his achievement. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Capitals general manager George McPhee will join NHL Senior Vice President Jim Gregory, Knuble’s wife Megan and their daughter Anna and sons Cam and Cole on the ice to honor Knuble. Both the NHL and Capitals organization will present Knuble with special gifts to commemorate his achievement and Capitals players will also make a surprise gift presentation.
All Capitals players will wear commemorative “Knuble” jerseys during the pregame warm-up, featuring number “22” on the back. These MeiGray authenticated jerseys will be auctioned off during the game at the MeiGray auction table on the concourse outside of section 109. In addition, all fans in attendance will receive Mike Knuble
commemorative buttons when they enter Verizon Center.
Knuble is set to become the 269th player in NHL history to play in 1,000 career games and the fifth player to do so this season (Joe Thornton, Hal Gill, Dainius Zubrus, Vinny Prospal). Only 29 active players have played in 1,000 or more NHL games. Knuble has appeared in 999 career games with Detroit (62 games), the New York Rangers (141 games), Boston (307 games), Philadelphia (310 games) and Washington (179 games). He is one of just eight active players to have collected eight consecutive 20-goal seasons and his 24 goals scored last season were the third-most by a player 35 or older.
Knuble, a veteran of back-to-back Stanley Cup winners with Detroit in his first two years in the league, is one of two current Capitals to have won the Stanley Cup (Troy Brouwer
). He has represented the United States in five international events, including the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. The 6’3”, 229-pound Knuble has scored more goals after turning 30 (221) than Wayne Gretzky scored in his 30’s (217). His 531 career points rank 49th among active players while his 271 goals rank 27th among active NHLers.