Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Joe Thornton Will Play Game #1500 Tomorrow Night

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Thornton, 39, will become the 19th player in NHL history to play in 1,500 games Thursday when the Sharks visit the Dallas Stars to start a quick two-game road trip. In 20-plus seasons, he’s played 967 games with the Sharks, second-most in franchise history behind Patrick Marleau (1,493)....

Reaching 1,500 games “is really hard to do, and it’s even harder to do in the era that Joe’s in right now,” said Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens, who played 1,635 games from 1982-2004 and is now an analyst for NHL Network.

“The way the game has changed, hats off to Joe to figure out how to stay effective and be as good as he has been in a different era.”

Of the 18 players who have reached this plateau, 14 are in the Hockey Hall of Fame, with others like Jaromir Jagr, Marleau and Jarome Iginla likely to follow once they become eligible.

Thornton, with 1,430 career points, 16th all-time, will be there too, one day.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: joe+thornton

Comments

Avatar

Reaching 1,500 games “is really hard to do, and it’s even harder to do in the era that Joe’s in right now,” said Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens, himself personally responsible for keeping several players from reaching various milestones

Posted by EthrDemon on 11/08/18 at 12:01 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com