Every time a player reaches a 1000th career game in the NHL, it’s really special.
Few players are as well-liked in their community and fanbase as Steven Stamkos, so you could imagine the celebrations were special when he was honored for playing 1000 games Tuesday, before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Before the game, Steven’s wife, Sandra, and their two sons, Carter and Chase, were on the ice for a ceremony. Steven Stamkos’ parents, Chris and Lesley, also joined in. And Lesley wasn’t just on the ice. She played a big part in the awesome celebrations.
Stamkos, captain of the Lightning, reached the incredible milestone on April 6 against the New York Islanders, but the celebration had to wait until yesterday.
Stamkos became the second player to achieve a 1000th game with the Lightning behind Vincent Lecavalier, and he was also present to present Stamkos with a silver stick.
But the most wholesome moment during the celebration came when a special video was shown in the arena, featuring highlights throughout his career. It was narrated by nonother than Stamkos’ mom Leslie, and it was overall a very emotional moment.
On social media, many expressed how they had trouble holding back tears.
”Man this one hits in the feels. Well done TB,” one said.
”Just beautiful. Bravo to everyone involved,” another added.
”That gave me chills …wow,” a third said.
”Who is cutting onions in here!?” A fourth added.
During warmups, all Lighting players wore special jerseys with ”Stamkos 1,000” on them.
Earlier this season, Steven Stamkos reached 500 career goals and 1,000 career points.