Toronto Maple Leafs forward Brad May is expected to play in his 1000th career National Hockey League regular season game tonight as the Leafs host the Buffalo Sabres at Air Canada Centre.
May was Buffalo’s first choice, selected 14th overall in 1990 Entry Draft. He began his NHL career with the Sabres on October 4, 1991 at Pittsburgh, where he scored his first goal on his first shot in his first NHL game. He would go on to play 425 games over seven seasons with Buffalo. The Stouffville, Ontario native also played 225 games for the Vancouver Canucks, 154 games for the Phoenix Coyotes, 64 games for the Colorado Avalanche and 95 games for the Anaheim Ducks. He has skated in 36 games for the Leafs since being acquired from Anaheim on January 7, 2009.
In 999 career NHL games, May has registered 127 goals, 160 assists and 287 points. He ranks fifth among active players in NHL penalty minutes with 2164. In 2007 he helped the Anaheim Ducks win the Stanley Cup.
May, 37, will become the 243rd player in NHL history to play 1000 games and the 21st player to play his 1000th career NHL game in a Leafs uniform. The following players suited up for their 1000th NHL game while playing for the Maple Leafs: Glenn Anderson, George Armstrong, Shayne Corson, Tie Domi, Ron Ellis, Tom Fitzgerald, Doug Gilmour, Tim Horton, Red Kelly, Dave Keon, Jamie Macoun, Dave Manson, Marcel Pronovost, Gary Roberts, Borje Salming, Eddie Shack, Allan Stanley, Mats Sundin, Steve Thomas and Norm Ullman.