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1000 NHL Games For Thomas Vanek

01/04/2019 at 2:13pm EST

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.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Friday reassigned rookie forward Filip Zadina from the Czech Republic U20 National Team to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Zadina will rejoin the team for practice next Tuesday in Grand Rapids.

While representing his home country at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, Zadina, 19, registered one assist in five games and helped the Czechs advance to the quarterfinals.

This year marked the second consecutive World Junior Championship Zadina has participated in. He also suited up for the Czech Republic at the World Under-18 Championships in 2017 and 2016 and the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Selected sixth overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by Detroit and the highest Red Wings draft pick to ever play for the Griffins, Zadina has accounted for 17 points (8-9—17) and 10 penalty minutes in 27 games during his first full professional season.

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