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Anze Kopitar Reaches 1,000 NHL Games Milestone

The LA Kings captain becomes the fourth player in franchise history to play 1,000 games with the club

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

LA Kings captain Anze Kopitar officially reached the 1,000 games played milestone as the team faced-off against the Calgary Flames on April 1. 

Kopitar, who has played his entire career with the Kings, became the 337 player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 games played plateau.

The Kings are scheduled to honor Kopitar at STAPLES Center on Saturday, April 6, when the Kings host the Vegas Golden Knights in the last regular-season game of the year.

All fans in attendance will receive a collectible art print to commemorate Kopitar reaching the 1,000 games player milestone.

The pregame ceremony will be broadcast live on FOX Sports West.

A two-time Stanley Cup Champion, Kopitar has 885 career points (311-574=885), a plus-76 rating and 276 career penalty minutes.

This season, among the Kings, he ranks first in points, first in assists, tied for first in goals, first in short-handed goals, is tied for first in game-winning goals and he leads all club forwards in average ice time per game.

Video: ANA@LAK: Kopitar makes superb move in shootout

Among franchise leaders, Kopitar is fourth in games played, fifth in goals, fifth in assists, fifth in points, seventh in power-play goals, fifth in short-handed goals and he is third in game-winning goals, while also ranking in the top-10 in plus-minus.

Kopitar has also played in 79 career NHL playoff games and has 66 points (21-45=66) in postseason action.  

A four-time All-Star, Kopitar was originally drafted by the Kings in the first-round (No. 11 overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He received the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 2016 and is a two-time winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy (2016 and 2018).

Video: Anze Kopitar presented with Selke Trophy

He has won 14 different annual Kings team awards and has led the Kings in scoring in 10 of the past 11 seasons.

Kopitar, a 10-time 20 goal scorer and the first Slovenia-born captain in NHL history, is the 56th player to have played for the Kings to reach the 1,000 games played milestone and the 22nd player to accomplish the feat in a Kings uniform.

Kings forward Dion Phaneuf played in his 1,000th game earlier this season and Jeff Carter is 24 games shy of the mark.

Video: Kopitar scores an iconic playoff goal

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