The New York Rangers have more than their share of highly-decorated veteran players on the roster, and the franchise celebrated a major milestone by one of them – blueliner Dan Boyle, who reached the 1,000th career NHL game plateau – with a ceremony prior to Sunday's game against Florida.
The 36-year-old Boyle, who is in his 15th season and first with the Blueshirts after previous stints with the Panthers, Lightning and Sharks, appeared in Game No. 1,000 on March 4 against the Red Wings to become the 298th player in league history to reach quadruple digits in the games-played department. The Rangers invited Boyle's family on the ice to watch a commemorative video in his honor and help him receive gifts and thanks from the organization:
Boyle is the 21st player to hit the 1,000th game mark as a member of the Rangers. And although his time on ice average has dipped below 20 minutes per game for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign, he's part of arguably the NHL's top defense corps and will have an above-average chance of winning the second Stanley Cup of his career. That's more than likely all the thanks Boyle needs at this stage of his career.