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Notes on Dan Hamhuis and his 1,000th game

Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis played in his 1,000 NHL game tonight. Here is some info the Hamhuis milestone from Dallas Stars PR:

Dallas Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis became the 318th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 regular-season games played mark with tonight’s appearance against the Los Angeles Kings. He becomes just the 106th defenseman in NHL history to reach the League-recognized milestone. His achievement will be recognized prior to the Stars game against the New York Rangers on Feb. 5 with a pre-game ceremony.

In his 14th NHL season, Hamhuis, 35, has now appeared in 128 games in his second season for Dallas, 389 games in six seasons with Vancouver, and 483 games in six seasons in Nashville. He has recorded 334 career regular-season points (57-277=334) going in to tonight’s contest. During his time, his teams have posted a record of 532-354-113 with him in the lineup.

“Dan is the consummate professional and reaching 1,000 games played in the NHL is a testament to that,” said Stars General Manager Jim Nill.  “He does things the right way, has a great hockey mind and has been a leader on every team that he’s competed for.  To reach this milestone, we couldn’t be happier for him, his wife Sarah, and their daughters Anna, Morgan and Brooke.”

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Smithers, British Columbia was originally selected by Nashville in the first round (12th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He becomes the first player chosen in the 2001 NHL Draft to reach the 1,000-games played plateau and only the third defenseman chosen since the 2000 NHL Draft to play in 1,000 games joining Nick Schultz (selected in 2000) and Jay Bouwmeester (selected in 2002).

He has the 12th most games played in the NHL since entering the League in 2003. Below are a list of the players with the most games played since the start of the 2003-04 regular season (all players with the exception of Hamhuis reflect games played entering today):

1. Patrick Marleau – 1,066 games
2. Joe Thornton – 1,061 games
3. Eric Staal – 1,060 games
4. Henrik Sedin – 1,055 games
5. Daniel Sedin – 1,040 games
6. Antoine Vermette – 1,032 games
7. Zdeno Chara – 1,017 games
8. Dustin Brown – 1,013 games
9. Jason Chimera – 1,013 games
10. Jay Bouwmeester – 1,009 games
11. Jarome Iginla – 1,009 games
12. Dan Hamhuis – 1,000 games (includes tonight)

Below is a list of his previous milestone games:

Game 1 – Oct. 9, 2003, 3-1 Win with Nashville vs. Anaheim
Game 100 – Nov. 24, 2005, 4-3 Win with Nashville vs. Los Angeles
Game 200 – Dec. 30, 2006, 5-0 Win with Nashville vs. Boston
Game 300 – Feb. 12, 2008, 4-2 Win with Nashville vs. Detroit
Game 400 – March 31, 2009, 2-1 Loss with Nashville at Columbus
Game 500 – Dec. 5, 2010, 3-2 Loss with Vancouver vs. St. Louis
Game 600 – Feb. 7, 2012, 4-3 Shootout Win with Vancouver at Nasvhille
Game 700 – Nov. 22, 2013, 6-2 Win with Vancouver vs. Columbus
Game 800 – March 12, 2015, 4-0 Loss with Vancouver vs. Los Angeles
Game 900 – Dec. 11, 2016, 3-1 Loss with Dallas at Chicago

In addition to his 1,000 NHL career regular-season games played, Hamhuis has appeared in 62 postseason contests, registering 21 points (3-18=21). He was part of Vancouver’s run to the Stanley Cup Final against Boston in 2011, finishing that postseason with six points (1-5=6) and a +5 plus/minus rating in 19 games played.

Internationally, Hamhuis has represented Canada nine times, including the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, six World Championship teams (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015) and two World Junior Championships (2001, 2002). He won gold at the 2014 Olympics and twice at the World Championships (2007, 2015).