A milestone debut for Hamrlik
| Roman Hamrlik will kick of the 2007-08 season by appearing in his 1,000th career NHL game.
Hamrlik becomes the seventh player in team history to play his 1,000th game in a Canadiens jersey, following in the footsteps of Henri Richard, Claude Provost, Frank Mahovlich, Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey and Stéphane Quintal. He is also the fourth Czech-born player to reach the milestone after countrymen Jaromir Jagr, Bobby Holik and Petr Svoboda.
With a little help from his friends Bryan Smolinski and Alex Kovalev, Roman Hamrlik will make history as for the first time in NHL history, three players from the same team will reach the 1,000th NHL game milestone in the same month. Smolinski and Kovalev have played in 992 and 991 games, respectively, and are on track to each play their 1,000th game in October. In this record breaking month, two more NHLers are set to reach the milestone as Owen Nolan (Calgary, 991 games) and Mike Sillinger (NY Islanders, 990 games) are just a few games shy of the mark.
|1000 games with the Canadiens
||1,000th game with the Canadiens||Roman Hamrlik in the NHL
|Henri Richard - 1,256
||Tampa Bay - 377 games|
|Larry Robinson - 1,202
||Stephane Quintal||Edmonton - 196 games|
|Bob Gainey - 1,160||Roman Hamrlik||NY Islanders - 300 games|
|Jean Beliveau - 1,125||Bryan Smolinski (Oct. 2007)||Calgary - 126 games|
|Claude Provost - 1,005||Alex Kovalev (Oct. 2007)|