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CELEBRATING 1,000 NHL GAMES

A GRAND OCCASION

by Mike Vogel

Since the NHL was founded in 1917-18, more than 8,000 players have suited up for at least one game. Including goaltenders, only 356 of them have managed to stay healthy enough and effective enough to remain in the League long enough to play 1,000 games.

Of those 356 players, only 68 of them - less than one percent of all players who've ever played in the league - have achieved the 1,000-game milestone with the same team. On Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres at Capital One Arena, Washington center Nicklas Backstrom joins that rare and elite group when he plays in his 1,000th career NHL game, all of them in a Capitals sweater.

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N1KY'S MILESTONE GAMES

1 Oct. 5, 2007 Atlanta Philips Arena
100 Nov. 19, 2008 Anaheim Honda Center
200 Dec. 19, 2009 Edmonton Rexall Place
300 Feb. 6, 2011 Pittsburgh Verizon Center
400 Mar. 31, 2013 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
500 Oct. 18, 2014 Florida Verizon Center
600 Dec. 8, 2015 Detroit Verizon Center
700 Jan. 24, 2017 Ottawa Canadian Tire Centre
800 Mar. 8, 2018 Los Angeles STAPLES Center
900 Oct. 10, 2019 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
1,000 Apr. 15, 2021 Buffalo Capital One Arena
Game Date Opponent Arena

N1KY BY THE NUMBERS

2nd

player to reach 1,000 games all with the Capitals (Alex Ovechkin)

11th

player to play his 1,000th game with the Capitals, most recently Brooks Orpik (Jan. 14, 2019)

69th

player to skate in 1,000 games with one team

14th

active player to reach 1,000 games with one team

14th

Swedish-born player to reach 1,000 games

353rd

player to reach the 1,000 game mark

36th

active player to reach the 1,000 game mark

23rd

player in NHL history to have 700 assists and 1,000 career games played

2nd

active player to have 700 assists at their 1,000th game (Sidney Crosby)

26th

player in NHL history to record 250 multi-point games, 150 multi-assist games and play in 1,000 games

17,081,448

Total fans played in front of from Oct. 5, 2007 to March 9, 2020

Tributes to N1KY

ALEX OVECHKIN

JOHN CARLSON

T.J. OSHIE

EVGENY KUZNETSOV

TOM WILSON

DMITRY ORLOV

MIKE GREEN

BROOKS LAICH

KARL ALZNER

BRADEN HOLTBY

OLIE KOLZIG

BRIAN MACLELLAN

TED LEONSIS

CHRIS CLARK

MATT BRADLEY

VICTOR HEDMAN

JACOB MARKSTROM

WILLIAM NYLANDER

BRUCE BOUDREAU

ROSS MAHONEY

N1KY'S BEST MOMENTS

DRAFT DAY

FIRST GAME

FIRST GOAL

4-POINT GAME

5-POINT GAME

100 POINTS

HAT TRICK

GAME WINNER

2OT GWG

THREE APPLES

BOLT BLASTER

FRANCHISE BEST

CLUTCH NICKY

BACKY 500

WINNER VS. CBJ

GAME 5 APPLE

19 MACHINE

CLUTCHSTROM

STAYING PUT

700TH ASSIST