TORONTO (660 NEWS) — It’s going to be a special night for Milan Lucic.
The physical Calgary Flames forward is suiting up in his 1,000th NHL game as the squad opens a road trip in Toronto Tuesday.
— Milan Lucic (@27MilanLucic) April 13, 2021
“It’s pretty cool,” the 32-year-old said after morning skate. “It’s obviously a great personal and individual achievement.
“When you look at how many players have played in this league and how many players have got to this mark, it’s pretty cool to be able to say that you reached this milestone.”
Lucic started his career in Boston, winning the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011.
"It's pretty cool to be able to say you reached this milestone."
Milan Lucic on how he's looking forward to playing in career game 1,000 tonight: pic.twitter.com/60aJsnWcfK
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 13, 2021
He also made stops in Los Angeles and Edmonton before joining the Flames.
While he’s still got plenty of hockey left in him, he is looking back on his career with fondness.
“There’s that little kid inside you again, and I was lucky that I had an uncle in the NHL, and I remember that little kid when I was 10 years old, meeting Jaromir Jagr,” Lucic recalled with a smile.
“I thought how cool it was to meet those guys, and now to be like one of those guys, it’s a pretty cool and special feeling.”
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 13, 2021
According to the team’s website, he joins Lanny McDonald, Dave Lowry, Craig Berube, Martin Gelinas, Owen Nolan, Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow, Craig Conroy, Olli Jokinen and Matt Stajan as playing game number 1,000 with the Flames.