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Sharks Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic Set To Play In His 1,000th Game

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SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is expected to play in his NHL-milestone 1,000th game tonight against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center. In honor of the achievement, Vlasic will be recognized in a special pre-game ceremony prior to the Sharks home game on Feb. 1 vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Vlasic becomes the 340th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 NHL game milestone and he will be one of only 27 active NHL players to have played in as many games. 

Since joining the NHL in the 2006-07 season with San Jose, Vlasic ranks T-35th among all NHL defenseman and second among all Sharks defenseman in points with 320 (72 goals, 248 assists). He will become the 17th defenseman in NHL history to skate in at least 1,000 games with one franchise, and the first defenseman in franchise history to play in all 1,000 games with the Sharks.

Since his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2006 vs. St. Louis, Vlasic's exceptional defensive abilities have consistently placed him among the top blueliners in the league, while drawing match-ups against the NHL's top offensive stars. Vlasic has been a plus-rating in 11 of his 13 seasons, tied for the most among defenseman within that timeframe. He ranks fifth in the NHL in blocked shots (1,717), and since 2011, is seventh among NHL defensemen in fewest minor penalties taken (66, min. 500 games), averaging only 25 seconds of penalty time per game played. Vlasic is currently the franchise leader in games played by a defenseman, ranks sixth on the franchise's all-time assist list and is second on the franchise's all-time goals list among defensemen.

This season, Vlasic ranks third on San Jose in points with nine (five goals, four assists) and second in blocked shots (48) over 34 games played. During the month of November, Vlasic finished with seven points (three goals, four assists) in 15 games with a plus-13 rating. He finished second among all NHL skaters in the calendar month in plus/minus rating. 

During the 2016-17 campaign, Vlasic finished second on the Sharks in average time on ice per game (21:14) and ranked second amongst Sharks defenseman in points (28), goals (six), and assists (tied, 22), shots on goal (144), and game-winning goals (two). Over the 2015-16 season, Vlasic set a Sharks franchise record for longest point streak by a defenseman (eight games, tied with Brent Burns). In 2011, he earned second-star honors as "NHL Player of the Week." In his first NHL season, Vlasic was the youngest defenseman to play in the league and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team as well as Sharks "Rookie of the Year." Throughout his Sharks career, he has been a "Sharks Player of the Month" four times.  

Vlasic has appeared in 142 Stanley Cup playoff games, registering 39 points (six goals, 33 assists) and 42 penalty minutes. In 2019, he set a career-high in postseason goals, ranking second among Sharks defenseman and tied for third among all NHL defenseman (three). During the 2016 playoffs, Vlasic led all skaters in plus/minus (+14) and tied for fourth in scoring amongst blueliners (one goal, 11 assists) as the Sharks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. 

Internationally, Vlasic has been selected to represent his native Canada on numerous occasions. He was a member of Team Canada's gold-medal winning teams at the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Additionally, he has represented Canada at the World Championships four times (2009 {silver}, 2012, 2017 {silver} and 2018).

During his junior hockey career, Vlasic helped Quebec win the Memorial Cup in 2006, leading all QMJHL defenseman in points during the playoffs. 
The six-foot-one, 205-pound native of Montreal, Quebec was originally selected by San Jose in the 2005 NHL Draft (second round, 35th overall). 

Marc-Edouard Vlasic Landmark Games

Game #1 Oct. 5, 2006 San Jose vs. St. Louis Blues
Game #100 Nov. 14, 2007 San Jose at Dallas Stars
Game #400 Nov. 3, 2011 San Jose vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Game #500 Mar. 20, 2013 San Jose at Edmonton Oilers
Game #600 Apr. 12, 2014 San Jose vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Game #700 Dec. 20, 2015 San Jose at Chicago Blackhawks
Game #800 Mar. 12, 2017 San Jose vs. Dallas Stars
Game #900 Oct. 18, 2018 San Jose vs. Buffalo Sabres
Game #999 Dec. 12, 2019 San Jose vs. New York Rangers
Game #1,000 Dec. 14, 2019 San Jose vs. Vancouver Canucks
First NHL Goal Oct. 5, 2006 San Jose vs. St. Louis Blues
First NHL Assist Oct. 23, 2006 San Jose at Columbus Blue Jackets
100th Career Assist Nov. 20, 2011 San Jose at Colorado Avalanche
100th Career Point Jan. 1, 2011 San Jose at Los Angeles Kings
200th Career Assist Apr. 6, 2017 San Jose vs. Edmonton Oilers
200th Career Point Dec. 20, 2015 San Jose at Chicago Blackhawks
300th Career Point Feb. 24, 2019 San Jose at Detroit Red Wings
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