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Stars salute Red Wings' Daley for reaching 1,000-game milestone

The former Dallas fan favorite stood and waved to the crowd during a first-period tribute on Saturday

by Jeff Odom @jeffodom / DallasStars.com

Stars honor Daley for milestone

DET@DAL: Stars honor Daley for his 1,000th game

The Stars honor Trevor Daley, who is returning to his former home arena and competing in his 1,000th career game

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Veteran defenseman Trevor Daley may have formally reached the coveted 1,000 career games milestone on Dec. 23 during the Red Wings' meeting with the Maple Leafs. But on Saturday, the Stars helped him celebrate some more for No. 1,002.

Tweet from @NHL: Make it 1,000 games played for Trevor Daley in the NHL.Congrats and big claps. 👏 #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/00RLtKZ7am

Facing the club he spent 11 seasons with after being drafted 43rd overall in 2002, the former Stars fan favorite was given a Texas-sized salute with a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at American Airlines Center during a first-period video tribute that featured various highlights from Daley's tenure in Dallas.

Daley, who played 756 games for the Stars from 2003-04 through the 2014-15 campaign, is the 330th player in NHL history to reach the mark. He ackowledged the Dallas faithful by standing from his spot on the bench and waving to those around the arena before patting his heart.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Congrats on 1,000 NHL games, Dales 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/Vst8RixtMR

In addition to his time with the Stars and Red Wings, the 35-year-old has also played for the Blackhawks and Penguins, where he helped Pittsburgh to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017.

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

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