Friday, December 24, 2010GLENDALE, ARIZONA ---
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman and assistant captain Ed Jovanovski will play in his 1,000th career NHL game this Sunday night (Dec. 26) versus the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
|Ed Jovanovski |
Jovanovski will become only the 256th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 game milestone. Other players to hit the 1,000 game mark previously this season include Ottawa's Sergei Gonchar, Buffalo's Mike Grier, Los Angeles' Ryan Smyth and Calgary's Craig Conroy. Jovanovski is the third player from the 1994 NHL Entry Draft class to reach the 1,000 NHL games club (following Smyth and Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson).
The 34-year-old Jovanovski was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers with the first overall selection in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played 253 games with the Panthers from 1995 – 1999, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Colorado Avalanche in his rookie season. He was also named to the NHL’s All Rookie Team. Jovanovski was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 17, 1999 and went on to play 434 games with the Canucks from 1999 – 2006. He signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 1, 2006 and will play in his 313th game with Phoenix on Dec. 26 at Dallas.
“On behalf of the entire Phoenix Coyotes organization, I would like to congratulate Ed on reaching this significant milestone,” said Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney. “Ed is the consummate professional who plays the game hard and is a fierce competitor. We all appreciate his dedication to the Coyotes and his passion for the game of hockey.”
In 999 career NHL games, Jovanovski has recorded 132-346-478 and 1,413 penalty minutes. He has also played in 65 career playoff games, collecting 11-18-29 and 96 penalty minutes. Jovanovski ranks among the top 10 defensemen in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise history in goals (7th, 46), assists (9th, 115) and points (7th, 161). In 2007-08, he collected a career-high 51 points with the Coyotes.
► Click here to view Jovanovski's career stats.
In 2001-02, he scored a career high 17 goals with Vancouver and recorded a career high 40 assists with the Canucks in 2002-03. Jovanovski has played in five NHL All-Star Games during his career (2001, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008) and became the first Coyotes player to appear in back-to-back All-Star Games (2007, 2008) since Teppo Numminen in 2000 and 2001.
Among active NHL defenseman who have reached the 1,000 game milestone, Jovanovski currently ranks 6th in goals (132) behind Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Gonchar, Chris Pronger, Roman Hamrlik, and Bryan McCabe. He also ranks tied for 8th in assists (346) behind Lidstrom, Pronger, Gonchar, Hamrlik, Tomas Kaberle, Brian Rafalski, McCabe (tied with Kimmo Timonen) and ranks 8th in points (478) behind Lidstrom, Gonchar, Pronger, Hamrlik, McCabe, Kaberle, Rafalski. Jovanovski ranks 5th in penalty minutes (1,409) trailing Sean O'Donnell, McCabe, Pronger, and Adam Foote.
Jovanovski has also had an incredible international career, representing Canada on the world stage nine times. He helped lead Canada to a silver medal at the 2008 World Championships; was selected to the Team Canada roster for the 2006 Winter Olympics - his second Olympic Team selection - but was unable to attend due to injury. He helped lead Canada to a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships and won a gold medal at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. In 2002, he helped lead Canada to a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2000 and 1998, he played for Canada at the World Championships and was a member of the silver medal-winning Team Canada at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. Jovanovski led Canada to gold medal at the 1995 World Junior Championships.
The native of Windsor, Ontario played his junior career with the Windsor Spitfires (OHL). In two seasons (1993-95), Jovanovski played 112 games, collecting 38-77-115 and 419 penalty minutes. He was selected as an OHL First Team All-Star in 1995 and Second Team All-Star and All-Rookie Team honors in 1994.
► JOVO - BY THE NUMBERS
• 5: Career All-Star appearances for Jovanovski (2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008)
• 1: 1st Overall draft pick in 1994 by the Florida Panthers
• 6: Seasons in which he has reached double-digits in goals, including the 2009-10 campaign (10 goals)
• 7: Seasons he recorded 30-or-more points
• 4: Seasons with 46 or more points
• 82: Games played in 2008-09, marking the second time in his career he did not miss a single game
• 51: Career-high in points recorded in 2007-08, becoming the first Coyotes defenseman to reach the 50-point mark since 2001-02
• 40: Career high in assists during 2002-03 campaign with Vancouver
• 17: Career high in goals during 2001-02 season with Vancouver
• 172: Career high in penalty minutes with Florida in 1996-97
• 22: Playoff games he appeared in as a rookie during Florida’s run to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals
• 9: Times he has represented Team Canada in international competition (Four World Championships, two Olympics, two World Cups and one World Junior Championship)
• 65: Career postseason games played