“It’s an honour. It’s overwhelming. There’s a lot of sacrifices that go on at the homefront, but that’s part of being a professional athlete. You look back and there’s been some great times, some tough times and some sad times. You go through so many different emotions throughout every game. I’m sharing this day with my mom because it’s her birthday and she’s here today.”
– Los Angeles’ Ryan Smyth, who played his 1,000th NHL game Saturday night in a 4-1 home win against Nashville.