Washington Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik will set a Czech hockey record on Saturday when he plays in his 1,315th NHL game.
Currently, the 37-year-old Hamrlik shares the mark with two-time Stanley Cup champion Bobby Holik. Hamrlik will set the record against the Ottawa Senators.
"I never thought I can make that number," Hamrlik told the Washington Times. "When you hit a thousand games, it’s just going faster and faster. And obviously I’m jut happy to be here and still have lots of passion for the game and still have some dream. For me, it’s nice to have that number, but I have to focus on my game."
The top overall pick of the 1992 draft, Hamrlik has yet to record a point or penalty minute in three games this season. All told, Hamrlik has recorded 153 goals, 471 assists and 1,366 penalty minutes in his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Capitals.