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Chris Neil celebrates 1,000th NHL game

Senators forward uses commemorative sticks to mark milestone, receives well wishes from friends, teammates

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Chris Neil's NHL debut came so long ago that his current teammate, Andreas Englund, was just about to start elementary school at the time.

The Ottawa Senators forward played in his 1,000th career NHL game, becoming the 307th player to reach that milestone and 46th player in League history to complete the feat with one team.

Tweet from @Senators: Ready for 1,000. pic.twitter.com/NZgs2tyfo7

Neil had commemorative sticks made for Ottawa's game against the Los Angeles Kings, and he led the Senators onto the ice before the pregame warmup, an honor usually reserved for the starting goalie.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: Sticks Chris will be using when he becomes the 46th @NHL skater to play his first 1,000 games w/one team tmrw in LA. pic.twitter.com/2g1pVtZPSB

Neil became the third player in Senators history to play in 1,000 games. He spent one season with Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton, New York, and the B-Sens posted this throwback photo.

Tweet from @SenatorsAHL: NHL game #1,000 tonight for ������������ pic.twitter.com/GD7C8ZoUHk

The 37-year-old fan favorite, who Ottawa selected in the sixth round (No. 161) at the 1998 NHL Draft, has more penalty minutes (2,492) than any active NHL player.

Neil even received well wishes from former-nemesis Darcy Tucker. Tucker, a longtime forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs, battled Neil for years and through four Stanley Cup Playoff series in a five-season span between 2000-04. 

Tweet from @16DarcyTucker: Congrats on 1000 games Chris and for the 1000th time I will not fight you #respect #help #change pic.twitter.com/9MbCv4Jj9j

And, of course, if you hang around long enough you eventually have a peanut butter and jelly incident. It's only natural.

Tweet from @MarcMethot3: Congrats to Chris Neil on the 1000 games... will never forget the time he smeared a PB&J sandwich on my windshield. #legend

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