Milestone game for Hal Gill

Wednesday, 19.10.2011 / 1:32 PM / News
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Milestone game for Hal Gill
 

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MONTREAL –The Canadiens game in Pittsburgh on Thursday will mark a significant milestone for defenseman Hal Gill who will be skating in his 1,000th NHL game. Gill, now in his third season with the Canadiens began his NHL career as a member of the Boston Bruins back on October 17, 1997 when the Bruins visited the Canucks in Vancouver.

Gill is the first player to reach that milestone in the NHL this season (Joe Thornton, with whom he made his NHL debut on October 17, 1997, is scheduled to play his 1,000th career game on Friday when the San Jose Sharks travel to New Jersey for a match-up against the Devils) is the 266th player in league history to reach that historic plateau. He’s also the 12th player to play his 1,000th career game in a Canadiens jersey after Henri Richard, Claude Provost, Frank Mahovlich, Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey, Jean Béliveau, Stéphane Quintal, Roman Hamrlik, Bryan Smolinski, Alex Kovalev and Patrice Brisebois. A US-born player, Gill is the 38th American to skate in 1,000 games in the NHL and the 15th US defenseman to do so. A native of Massachusetts, he is the 8th player, and first defenseman, from that state to accomplish the feat.

US-Born players with 1000 NHL games (active)
Chris Chelios
Mike Modano
Phil Housley
Jeremy Roenick
Mathieu Schneider
Brett Hull*
Bill Guerin
Craig Ludwig
Doug Weight
Brian Leetch
Keith Tkachuk
Todd Marchant
Brian Rolston
Scott Young
Bob Carpenter
1,651
1,499
1,495
1,363
1,289
1,269
1,263
1,256
1,238
1,205
1,201
1,195
1,190
1,181
1,178
Tony Amonte
Kevin Hatcher
Eric Weinrich
Gary Suter
Dave Ellett
Neal Broten
Tom Fitzgerald
Gary Roberts
Mike Ramsey
Joe Mullen
Mike Grier
Kelly Miller
Bryan Smolinski
Derian Hatcher
Jamie Langenbrunner
1,174
1,157
1,157
1,145
1,129
1,099
1,097
1,097
1,070
1,062
1,060
1,057
1,056
1,045
1,041
Bret Hedican
Ed Olczyk
Donald Brashear
Keith Carney
Paul Ranheim
Dave Christian
Craig Conroy
Hal Gill

*Born in Canada
1,039
1,031
1,025
1,018
1,013
1,009
1,009
999
1,000 games with the Canadiens
Henri Richard
Larry Robinson
Bob Gainey
Jean Béliveau
Claude Provost


1,256
1,202
1,160
1,125
1,005
1,000th game with the Canadiens
Frank Mahovlich
Stéphane Quintal
Roman Hamrlik
Bryan Smolinski
Alex Kovalev
Patrice Brisebois
Born in Massachussets
Jeremy Roenick
Bill Guerin
Keith Tkachuk
Scott Young
Bobby Carpenter
Tony Amonte
Tom Fitzgerald
Hal Gill

*né au Canada


1,363
1,263
1,201
1,181
1,178
1,174
1,097
999

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