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Coyotes honor Kessel with video, gifts for 1,000-game milestone

Forward reached the mark last week against the Avalanche

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

Kessel honored for 1,000th game

OTT@ARI: Coyotes honor Kessel for 1,000th game

The Coyotes honor Phil Kessel for playing 1,000 NHL games with a pregame tribute at Gila River Arena

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Phil Kessel, noted Stanley Cup champion, has some more silver hardware to his name now that he's reached the 1,000 NHL regular-season game mark.

The Arizona Coyotes honored the forward before their game against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday with a tribute video and an array of gifts, including the customary silver stick. Kessel also received a Rolex watch from the team and a Tiffany & Co. crystal plaque from the NHL presented by Shane Doan.

Kessel's dad Phil Sr., mom Kathy, and brother Blake joined him for the pregame ceremony.

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: 1,000 games and counting. Congratulations, @PKessel81! #Kessel1000 pic.twitter.com/xGe4gIcxoW

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Our whole heart. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/K5T315hVsN

On social media, the Coyotes asked fans to tweet their well wishes to Kessel, and former Coyotes player Jeremy Roenick delivered a special message.

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Great always recognizes great.A message from @Jeremy_Roenick to @PKessel81: pic.twitter.com/xYmpHzjrwx

Kessel became the 335th player in NHL history and the 21st active player to skate in 1,000 regular-season games during the Coyotes' game against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 11. Kessel, in his 14th NHL season, was traded to Arizona in June and previously played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins.

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