Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares will soon be the 1,000. game of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL), but he refuses to make a big deal out of it.
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If he is injury-free by then, Tavares will become the 378th player to reach that milestone in Sunday’s Washington Capitals visit.
“It’s hard to believe,” Tavares began to tell the media on Monday. Of course it is difficult to realize, but [je ressens] just lots of gratitude to several people who have enabled me to reach this plateau. I played for two big organizations and the trip was a lot of fun.”
“It might be one of those moments where you step back to reflect, but I try to stay focused in the present and get the results I want.”
Tavares has 411 goals and 940 games in 996 games so far, not counting Monday night’s game against the New York Islanders, the only other team he has played for since his NHL debut in fall 2009.
So far this season he has scored 20 goals and been an accomplice in 25 of his teammates’ wins.