Originally published on The Copper & Blue.
This past Thursday night, former Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff played in his 1,000th NHL game, a milestone that only 301 players in the history of the NHL have reached before him.
Since being drafted in the fourth round by the Oilers in 1998, 99th overall, Horcoff has notched 509 points, which ranks him 10th in his draft class. 447 of those points were with the Oilers, where he also played in 35 playoff games, scoring 23 points.
Following his tenure with the Oilers, Horcoff played with the Dallas Stars where he scored 20 points as a depth player in 2013/14, and lead the roster in playoff points that spring. He followed this up with a 29 point campaign in Dallas, ranking sixth on the team in points per 60 at even-strength. This season, Horcoff has notched 13 points in 51 games for the Ducks, and has played significant minutes on the penalty kill, which ranks number one in the league.
The 37-year-old is nearing retirement, but is still providing good prouduction as depth player. His time with the Oilers was often criticized because of his contract, but his effort level and contributions on-the ice cannot be overlooked.
Congrats to Shawn Horcoff on a significant milestone. And all the best in the playoffs this season.
MILESTONE: Shawn Horcoff is skating in his 1,000th career @NHL game! Congrats, Shawn! pic.twitter.com/3hBNiN7q0z
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) March 24, 2016