FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski became the 344th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 regular-season games played mark with tonight's appearance against the Florida Panthers. He is the 227th forward to reach the League-recognized milestone, while he is also one of just 25 active NHL players to do so.
His achievement will be recognized with a pre-game ceremony prior to the Stars game against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, Jan. 3.
The 14-season NHL veteran spent the first 13 seasons of his NHL career with the San Jose Sharks, appearing in 963 regular-season games in a Sharks sweater before joining the Stars this past offseason. Entering play tonight, Pavelski has amassed 776 points (362-414=776). During his time in the League, his teams have posted a record of 576-311-112 with him in the lineup.
"Throughout his entire career, Joe has displayed an elite level of play that is equally matched by his leadership," Stars General Manager Jim Nill said. "There is a reason that he was a team captain in San Jose, and it quickly became apparent when he joined the Stars, just how great of a teammate he is. He is a true family man and reaching this milestone couldn't be done without the support of his wife Sarah and son Nathan. He has a lot left to accomplish in this game, and we're thrilled that he'll do it in a Stars sweater."
Video: From Wisconsin to the NHL: The story of Joe Pavelski
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Plover, Wisconsin was originally selected by San Jose in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, and becomes the 13th member of the 2003 draft class to appear in 1,000 regular-season games. He is only the ninth player in NHL history to be selected in the seventh round that reached 1,000 games played, and amongst seventh-rounders, he is second in goals (362) and fourth in points (776). Additionally, he is just the 25th player drafted in the seventh round or later to have played in 1,000 NHL games. Among all active NHL players entering play today, he is 8th in power play goals (124), tied for 11th in game-winning goals (62), 13th in goals (362), 18th in points (776) and 19th plus/minus (+110).
Over the course of his 14-season career, Pavelski has scored at least 20 goals in a season ten times, he has topped 30 goals five times and he has eclipsed 40 goals in a season once in 2013-14. He is one of just eight players to have reached the 20-goal mark at least 10 times since 2008-09. He is one of only six players to have reached the 30-goal mark at least five times since the 2011-12 season.
He represented the Sharks at the NHL All-Star Game in 2016, 2017 and 2019, and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 2013-14. He has qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 12 of his 13 completed NHL seasons, registering 100 points (48-52=100) in 134 career postseason contests. Among active players, he is tied for sixth in postseason goals (48), ranks 14th in points (100) and shares 14th in postseason games played (134). Pavelski helped the Sharks to the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, finishing the 2016 postseason ranking first in the NHL with 14 goals and third with 23 points (14-9=23) in 24 contests.
Pavelski has represented the United States four times at the international level. He most recently served as captain for Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey where he recorded two points (1-1=2) in three contests. Pavelski has skated for his country in two Winter Olympics (2010, 2014) and helped the United States capture a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Previous to his experience as a professional, he won championships at the USHL level with Waterloo and the NCAA level with Wisconsin.
Pavelski's previous milestone games
Game 1 - Nov. 22, 2006, 6-3 Win with San Jose vs. Los Angeles
Game 100 - Feb. 8, 2008, 2-1 Win (OT) with San Jose vs. Columbus
Game 200 - March 26, 2009, 3-2 Loss with San Jose @ Nashville
Game 300 - Dec. 4, 2010, 3-1 Loss with San Jose @ Montreal
Game 400 - Feb. 8, 2012, 4-3 Loss with San Jose vs. Calgary
Game 500 - Nov. 17, 2013, 5-1 Loss with San Jose @ Chicago
Game 600 - Jan. 23, 2015, 7-2 Loss with San Jose @ St. Louis
Game 700 - Feb. 19, 2016, 5-2 Loss with San Jose @ Carolina
Game 800 - March 25, 2017, 7-2 Loss with San Jose @ Nashville
Game 900 - Oct. 30, 2018, 4-3 Loss (SO) with San Jose vs. NY Rangers