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Prior to Saturday afternoon's game against the Capitals, the Devils will honor Travis Zajac for his 1000th game in the NHL and with the organization

by Marc Ciampa /

On Saturday, the Devils will honor forward Travis Zajac, who played his 1000th game with the organization this past Sunday in Washington. 

"For me, it's incredible," Devils head coach Lindy Ruff said of the accomplishment of reaching 1000 games. "When you look at a young player and step into the League, you feel like you should play forever but it doesn't happen."

Zajac became only the 66th player in NHL history to play 1000 games with one team. He joins three other Devils with that honor: Martin Brodeur, Ken Daneyko and Patrik Elias. 

"Tells you what type of player he is and how much respect he has for being a Devil (and how much the org has for him)," said Ruff. "The fitness, the conditioning. It's a lot of games."

Ruff added that having a player on the team like Zajac is so valuable. In particular, a team as young as the Devils. 

"They're around a guy that exemplifies exactly how you want to be a as a player. How you practice, how you want to play the game."

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