Veteran Los Angeles Kings left wing Ryan Smyth is slated to play in his 1,000th NHL game tomorrow night as part of the Kings-Nashville Predators game (game time is 7 p.m.). The 1,000 game played plateau is an NHL milestone and Smyth is the 257th player in League history to play in 1,000 games.
The Kings will honor Smyth will an on-ice ceremony next Thursday, November 11, prior to the Kings-Dallas Stars game at STAPLES Center (game time is 7:30 p.m.).
Smyth this season has played in all 12 games for the Kings and has eight points (3-5=8). In 999 career NHL regular season games, the Banff, Alberta-born Smyth has recorded 721 points (335-386=721). He has also played in 87 career playoff games and he reached the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals while with the Oilers.
Acquired by the Kings in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on July 3, 2009, Smyth has played for the Kings, Avalanche, New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers. In 1994, the Oilers selected Smyth in the first-round (sixth overall) and he made his NHL debut on January 22, 1995, against the Kings at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood.
The following players have reached the 1,000th games played plateau while with the Kings: Ralph Backstrom, Rob Blake, Doug Bodger, Kelly Buchberger, Russ Courtnall, Marcel Dionne, Ray Ferraro, Garry Galley, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Bob Nevin, Sean O’Donnell, Bob Pulford, Luc Robitaille, Dave Taylor
and Garry Unger.
The Kings (9-3-0), best record in the NHL, continue their five-game homestand tomorrow against the Predators at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KCOP-TV 13, KTLK 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network. The homestand will also feature the Dallas Stars on Thursday, Nov. 11 (7:30 p.m. start) and the New York Islanders on Saturday, Nov. 13 (7:30 p.m. start).