DALLAS - Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson will skate in his 500th NHL game on Tuesday when the Coyotes battle the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
"It feels like I've been in the league for a long time, but time flies," Ekman-Larsson said after Monday's practice. "Not everybody gets to play 500 games in this league and that means a lot to me. I want to stay in this league for another 500 games if I can."
Ekman-Larsson, whom Arizona drafted sixth overall in 2009, will become the sixth defenseman in franchise history to skate in 500 games. He broke into the NHL with the Coyotes in 2010-11. He says he could speak for an hour about memorable NHL games in which he's played, but, like many players, his first stands out the most.