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Congrats, Corey! Stars honor Perry for reaching 1,000 games

The veteran winger received his silver stick in a special pregame ceremony before Dallas faced Chicago

by Jeff Odom @jeffodom /

Perry honored for 1,000th game

CHI@DAL: Perry receives ceremony for 1,000th game

Corey Perry is honored with a pregame ceremony for playing in his 1,000th career NHL game

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DALLAS -- Once among the organization's fiercest rivals on the ice for nearly a decade and a half, the Dallas Stars paid tribute to Corey Perry on Saturday as one of their own.

The veteran forward, who spent his first 14 seasons in Anaheim before signing a one-year deal with Dallas as a free agent in July, was formally recognized by the team for reaching the 1,000-game milestone in a pregame ceremony ahead of its game against the Blackhawks.

Perry hit the league-recognized mark on Nov. 13 in Calgary, joining exclusive company as the 340th player ever to hit 1,000 and just the 72nd right wing.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Celebrating 1,000 games in the @NHL for Corey Perry!#GoStars

Accompanied by his family at center ice, the Stars honored the former MVP's accomplishment with a special video tribute highlighting his career and message from Perry's old Ducks teammate, Ryan Getzlaf.

Perry also received a Tiffany crystal plaque etched with his career accomplishments from Shane Doan, an all-inclusive trip for four to Bandon Dunes Golf Course in Bandon, Oregon from his Stars teammates and a silver stick from general manager Jim Nill.

Video: Stars forward Corey Perry reaches 1,000-game mark

Perry, who waved to the American Airlines Center crowd after being given a standing ovation during the tribute, also received special shoutouts on the video board throughout the game. Those congratulating Perry included Wayne Gretzky, Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne, veteran Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Wild bench boss Bruce Boudreau, who coached Perry in Anaheim from 2011 to 2016 and jokingly told him to keep playing well "except against us."

Tweet from @DallasStars: It���s all about family. 💚#GoStars

A two-time All-Star and 2007 Stanley Cup champion, Perry has three goals and six assists in his first season with Dallas through 16 games.

For more photos from Saturday's ceremony, click here.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Jeff Odom is the manager of and writes about the Stars/NHL. Follow him on Twitter @jeffodom.

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