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Hockey Things: What Caught Our Eye Last Week (Mar 14. Edition)

This past week saw Marc Staal join the 1,000-game club, the future of hockey on display in Vancouver and the Sabres kicking off the Heritage Classic in style.

The week before the NHL's trade deadline provided us with plenty of great content, so let's take a look at some key moments:

Marc Staal hits the 1,000 games played mark 

To almost every hockey fan, the Staal Family represents an element of hockey royalty. The Staals are one of the very few families to have four siblings play in the NHL at the same time with brothers Eric, Jared, Marc and Jordan all making it to the league. Of the brothers, Eric, Marc and Jordan have been the ones to have lengthy careers at the sport's highest level. 

This past Saturday, Marc entered the 1,000-game club when his Detroit Red Wings took on the Calgary Flames. The Staal family is the only one to have three siblings reach the milestone in league history. 

That's a feat that we may never see again.

The Canucks held their own Next Gen Night

Over the past few seasons, NHL organizations have started doing "Next Gen" games where kids take over key parts of the in-game experience. 

The Vancouver Canucks joined the trend this past weekend.

The kids who take part in these Next Generation games might be the ones holding these jobs on a permanent basis down the road. Here's hoping more teams get on board with promoting the future. 

The Flint Tropics... I mean the Buffalo Sabres had made quite the entrance in Hamilton 

Outdoor games are all about fun, and teams have taken it even further with their pre-game attire in recent years.

Buffalo's went old school, pulling up to Tim Hortons Field ready for the hardwood in Semi Pro outfits. 

Honoring Will Ferrell's classic basketball comedy was a bold look in the cold Canadian winter. The exact brains behind the operation aren't clear, but coach Don Granato thinks Mark Pysyk might have had something to do with it.


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