Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews played in his 1,000th NHL game Thursday against the Florida Panthers, becoming the eighth player in team history to reach the milestone.
“It’s a special milestone, for sure. It’s not something I take for granted by any means,” Toews told the media. “I think about a lot of great memories over the years — it’s a moment where you get to stop and look back and appreciate all of that and how far you’ve come and how many great people you’ve met and players you’ve played with and teammates that you made friendships with and on and on.
“When I was a 19-year-old rookie, a lot of people told me how fast it would go by and I don’t think I believed them as much as I do now.”
The Panthers recognized Toews for his accomplishment during the first period. The Blackhawks plan to hold a pregame ceremony for him Sunday before they play the Arizona Coyotes.
The 33-year-old forward has scored 844 points (355 goals, 489 assists), and won the Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013, 2015) with the Blackhawks. He has scored 119 points (45 goals, 74 assists) in 137 playoff games. He won the 2010 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and 2013 Frank Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward.
Selected third overall in the 2006 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks named Toews captain following his rookie season in 2008. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 greatest players in NHL history.
On the international stage, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native has won gold with Team Canada at the 2007 world junior and world championships, and 2010 and 2014 Olympics. After winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, Toews became the youngest member of the Triple Gold club.
Toews has scored 10 goals and 29 points in 56 games with Chicago this season.
Chicago Blackhawks To Play 1,000 Games
Stan Mikita (1,396)
Duncan Keith (1,192)
Brent Seabrook (1,114)
Patrick Kane (1,093)
Bobby Hull (1,036)
Eric Nesterenko (1,013)
Bob Murray (1,008)
Jonathan Toews (1,000)
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