LIGHTNING DEFENSEMAN DARRYL SYDOR TO SKATE IN 1,000TH NHL GAME TUESDAY VS. FLORIDA
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Darryl Sydor will become the 205th player and 73rd defenseman in National Hockey League history to skate in 1,000 games on Tuesday when the Lightning face the Florida Panthers at the St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.; Sun Sports, AM 620 WDAE).
Sydor will be honored in a pre-game, on-ice ceremony that will feature a video highlighting his career and will include his family, Lightning President Ron Campbell, Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster and NHL Senior Vice President Jim Gregory.
Sydor becomes the sixth player to reach the milestone while a member of the Lightning, following defenseman Rob Ramage (February 11, 1993 vs. Minnesota), center Denis Savard (February 27, 1994 at Edmonton), left wing Brian Bellows (January 31, 1996 vs. Pittsburgh), defenseman Grant Ledyard (December 12, 2001 at Calgary) and defenseman Petr Svoboda (March 12, 2000 vs. Chicago).
Sydor, 33, has appeared in 999 games in his 14-season career with Los Angeles (1992-96, 288 games), Dallas (1996-2003, 575 games), Columbus (2003-04, 49 games) and Tampa Bay (2004-present, 87 games). He has recorded 85 goals, 355 assists and 650 penalty minutes, and is a plus-41. Sydor has skated in 139 Stanley Cup playoff games and has reached the finals three times, winning the Cup with Dallas in 1999 and Tampa Bay in 2004.