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Hatcher Reaches NHL Milestone of 1000 Games Played

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

(Philadelphia, PA, April 7) - With his appearance in Saturday's Flyers-New York Islanders game at the Wachovia Center, Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher reached the NHL Milestone of 1,000 career games played. Hatcher is the 218th player in NHL history to reach this mark.

Prior to the game, Hatcher, 34, had recorded 78 goals and 245 assists for 323 points and 1,548 penalty minutes in 999 games over 15 NHL seasons with the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and the Flyers.

In 157 games with the Flyers over the last two seasons, Hatcher has registered seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points and 160 penalty minutes. He was signed as a free agent by the Flyers on August 2, 2005.

Hatcher played one season with the Red Wings (2003-04), recording four assists and eight penalty minutes in 15 games. Hatcher was signed as a free agent by Detroit on July 3, 2003.

Prior to signing with Detroit, Hatcher had played the previous 12 seasons (1991-92 through 2002-03) with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization, registering 71 goals and 223 assists for 294 points and 1,380 penalty minutes in 827 games. He ranks third on the Stars All-Time List in games played (827) and penalty minutes (1,380). He was drafted by Minnesota in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

Hatcher becomes the 14th player to reach the NHL Milestone for games played while a member of the Flyers; joining Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke, Darryl Sittler, Craig MacTavish, Ron Hextall, Luke Richardson, Mark Recchi, Jeremy Roenick, Eric Desjardins, Eric Weinrich, Jeff Hackett, Tony Amonte and Alexei Zhitnik. Parent, Hextall and Hackett reached the NHL Milestone for games played for goaltenders (500 games).
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