Thomas Vanek hit a special milestone in the NHL playing in his 1000th game, and the Montreal Canadiens will always be a part of his legacy.
Not many players in the NHL have the honour of skating in 1000 games. The Montreal Canadiens celebrated with Tomas Plekanec when he hit the milestone becoming the 324th player in history to do so. Given the league is over 100 years old with thousands of players passing through, it’s incredible to have a career last for so long. Friday night saw a new name inducted into the 1000 game club, and it’s a name Habs fans should all be familiar with in Thomas Vanek.
He became the 334th player to hit the number and the first Austrian-born skater in NHL history to do so. Of the 1000 games: 598 were with the Buffalo Sabres, followed by 154 in Minnesota, 82 in Detroit, 47 with the Islanders, 20 with the Panthers, 19 in Columbus, and 61 as a member of the Canucks.
But Vanek’s shortest NHL stint was with the Montreal Canadiens back in the 2013/14 season. The playoffs were in the bank for the Habs ahead of the March 5th trade deadline as they were second in the Atlantic Division with 75 points. Catching the Boston Bruins for the top spot would be a tough task, but the least they could do was secure home-ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.