SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell will play in his 1,000th career NHL game tonight when the Panthers face the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre at 7:30 p.m.
Campbell will become only the 305th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 game milestone, and the 10th player in franchise history to reach the 1,000 game mark (Greg Adams, Radek Dvorak, Mike Foligno, Chris Gratton, Bryan McCabe, Scott Mellanby, Kirk Muller, Lyle Odelein & Cory Stillman).
“On behalf of the entire Florida Panthers organization, I would like to congratulate Brian on reaching this significant milestone,” Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon said. “Brian is a true professional and a leader who is well respected by his peers around the league. We truly appreciate his passion and love of the game."
The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Campbell was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the sixth round (156th overall) of the 1997 NHL Draft. In 16 NHL seasons with Buffalo, San Jose, Chicago and Florida, the 36-year old native of Strathroy, Ontario has recorded 487 points (82-405-487) a plus-49 rating and 251 penalty minutes (PIM) in 999 career NHL games. Campbell has also appeared in 97 career Stanley Cup playoff games registering 43 points (9-34-43) and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. Among active NHL players who have reached 1,000 games, Campbell currently ranks 24th in points (487) and goals (82) and 18th in assists (405).
Campbell’s best season came during the 2011-12 season with the Panthers when he set a career-high in points (53) and assists (49), while also being awarded the 2012 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Campbell was the first defenseman since Red Kelly (1954) to win the award. He has appeared in four NHL All-Star Games (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012).
Campbell has played in 383 consecutive regular season games since March 23, 2011 and has not missed a game with the Panthers since joining the team in 2011-12. Tonight Campbell is expected to play his 374th consecutive game with Florida, setting a new franchise record for consecutive games played.