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Getzlaf's kids salute his career with video on night of milestone game

Ducks captain sees his four children make special tribute video for 1,000th game

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Ryan Getzlaf became the first player to reach the 1,000-game milestone for the Anaheim Ducks, but he's still just dad.

The Ducks captain was lauded with praise on Sunday during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, but his favorite part had to be the intro to the game broadcast.

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: Ryan Getzlaf's kids - Ryder, Gavin, Willa and Mac - surprised him with this tribute for his 1,000th game, which was used for the open of tonight's broadcast on @FoxSportsWest. #Getzlaf1000

Getzlaf's four children, Ryder, Gavin, Willa and Mac, narrated a video chronicling his career from first round draft pick to winning the Stanley Cup.

The video came complete with children's art and highlights of Getzlaf's biggest moments on the ice.

While the kids sat in a suite and cheered while holding up a giant cardboard likeness of their dad, the Honda Center erupted in applause for their captain.

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: An incredible moment here at @HondaCenter during the first period as Ryan Getzlaf is honored for his 1,000th game and pays tribute to the roaring crowd. #Getzlaf1000

And, in a moment of odd synergy, Getzlaf's 1,000th game came on the same night the Ducks franchise was playing its 2,000th regular season game.

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