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Wild Defense Alex Gorigoski Plays in 1,000th NHL Game

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The Wilds, Already Stanley Cup Champions Alex Gorigoski He added another achievement to his NHL resume on Thursday, skating in his 1,000th game against Vancouver at the Excel Energy Center.

“Not many people can do that,” he said. “I feel very lucky.”

Gorigoski became the 371st player (123rd defenseman) in NHL history to play 1,000 games.

He is the ninth person in Wild to reach that milestone. Zach Paris (2020), Mikko Koive (2019) and Ryan Suter (2018) Like Fellow Minnesotans Matt Cullen (2012). The Grand Rapids native is his tenth player from Minnesota and his fourth defensive player to achieve the feat.

About 20 family and friends were expected to attend, Mr. Gorigoski said, adding: “I don’t know how many people in my hometown team can do that.” “It’s really cool how it all happened. [I] I feel very lucky. ”

This is Gorigoski’s second season with the Wild. The former gopher signed his one-year contract as a free agent in 2021, and in March he rejoined his two-year contract worth $4 million. Gorigoski set a career-high and franchise record last season with a plus-41 rating.

Before joining the Wild, Gorigoski spent stints in Arizona and Dallas after joining the league in Pittsburgh. Gorigoski won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009 as a rookie.

Among active defenders in the NHL, the 37-year-old ranks eighth in games played.

“For a long time, I came here every day thinking, ‘I gotta go there, I gotta stay here,'” Gorigoski said. Karen Addison“I think I’ve always had a little bit of that feeling. I think that’s a good thing.

“Let’s keep improving, keep working hard and see how long we can stay here.”

Wild plans to honor Gorigoski at a pre-game ceremony on November 19, before hosting Carolina in St. Paul.

Goligoski may not be the only team to hit the 1,000-game plateau this season.goalie Marc André Fleury Fleury is also overtaken two more games after returning to Crease to face the Canucks on Thursday. Curtis Joseph 6th ever in the game (944).

familiar face

Bruce Boudreau He’s not the only former Wild coach behind the Canucks’ bench now.

Mike Yeo He is also on staff at Vancouver, where he was hired as an assistant in July after wrapping up last season as Philadelphia’s interim head coach.

Yeo was replaced by Boudreau, who coached Wild from 2011-2016 and was with the organization until 2020. Dean Evason It took over. The Canucks recruited Boudreau last December and went 32-15-10, finishing just five points behind him in his second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

new look

Wild will unveil a new retro jersey honoring the 1978 Big Dipper and will wear the green sweater eight times starting November 17 against Pittsburgh.