Zhitnik Reaches NHL Milestone of 1000 Games Played
/ Philadelphia Flyers
(Buffalo, NY, February 20) - With his appearance in Tuesday night's Flyers-Buffalo Sabres game at HSBC Arena, Flyers defenseman Alexei Zhitnik reached the NHL Milestone of 1,000 career games played. Zhitnik is the 215th player in NHL history to reach this mark.
Prior to tonight's game, Zhitnik, 34, had recorded 91 goals and 357 assists for 448 points and 1194 penalty minutes in 999 games over 14 NHL seasons with the Los Angeles Kings (1992-93 to 1994-95), Buffalo Sabres (1994-95 through 2003-04), NY Islanders (2005-06 and 2006-07) and Flyers (2006-07).
In 28 games with the Flyers this season, Zhitnik has registered three goals and nine assists for 12 points and 36 penalty minutes. He was acquired by the Flyers from the Islanders in exchange for defenseman Freddy Meyer and a conditional draft pick on December 16, 2006.
Zhitnik becomes the 13th 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 and Tony Amonte. Parent, Hextall and Hackett reached the NHL Milestone for games played for goaltenders (500 games).