It is a rare accomplishment for a player in the NHL to reach one thousand games. It means that you not only have been great enough to reach the NHL level and compete there, but that you have the talent to have played at the NHL level for a long time. Tonight Jamie Langenbrunner will play in his 1000th NHL regular season game for your Dallas Stars. It is a mark that very few ever reach, but even less for a player that is American born.
Jamie has had a great career so far, and his recent return to Dallas is one that I have praised and I’m excited about. In his career, Langs has been a winner and leader. He has won two Stanley Cups, been a captain for an NHL team and Olympic team that won silver last year, and racked up over 600 career points. He has been a playoff performer and gentlemen as well. He is a guy that has done everything from be a top line scorer, to 3rd and 4th line grit guy. And now he brings that to the Stars. It has been very much noted that he can play on multiple lines in multiple roles for the Stars, adding grit, scoring depth, and leadership.
Tonight the Stars plan to honor him a little before the game, which is set to start in a matter of minutes, and will show appreciation of this accomplishment in a ceremony at the start of the game. I for one am glad to see Langs back and hit this milestone here in Dallas, and I think Jamie is too. Congrats to him and may there be plenty more to come from you Langenbrunner!