from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Friday night against Nashville, forward Thomas Vanek was to play in game 1,000 in his career – the 332nd player in NHL history to do so – joining teammate Trevor Daley, who joined the 1,000-game club Dec. 23.
Teammates bought Daley a Sea-Doo watercraft. (Incidentally, Daley broke his foot at the morning skate on the day they surprised him with the gift.)
Vanek is sure to get a nice gift, too. And rightfully so, for a career that’s been lengthy and successful.
“It’s awesome,” said Blashill of the milestone. “You play 1,000 games in the NHL, there’s a reason why it’s a big measuring stick. It’s a hard thing to get. You have to have longevity in your career. There are a lot of guys in this league that are good for periods of time, but to be that good to be able to play 1,000 games is awesome.”
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Below, Filip Zadina will be at practice for the Griffins on Tuesday and watch Mantha and Blashill after the morning skate.