The Chicago Blackhawks paid special tribute to Marian Hossa before Tuesday night's game at the United Center. He's just the 283rd player in NHL history to skate in 1,000 games over a career. There are only 30 other active skaters in the game today who have reached that plateau.
The last five to do it in a Blackhawks sweater are Hossa, Sylvain Cote, Eddie Olczyk, Chris Chelios and Brent Sutter.
It's not Cal Ripken's ironman mark in baseball, but 1,000 games in hockey takes an amazing amount of talent and endurance. In fact, it is a number that showcases a level of excellence in many sports.
Only seven NBA coaches have ever reached 1,000 career wins. Former Bulls guard Jerry Sloan was the first to reach a grand all with one team. Sloan needed 23 seasons leading the Utah Jazz to finish with just over 1,200 by the time he was done.
115 players in NBA history have laced 'em up for 1,000 career games. Glen Rice finished his career exactly on the dot. 1,000 even.
1,000 runs batted in. That's a mark in baseball that only 274 players have reached. Darryl Strawberry left the game right on the button. He retired with exactly 1,000 RBI.
The 1,000-yard rusher in football is another water mark for productivity. 11 running backs in Bears history have reached the top of that mountain. Walter Payton did it an amazing 10 times.
I'm hoping this post just reached exactly 1,000 words. If not, oh well. I'm not counting and I'm no Marian Hossa.