Hank the tank

If all goes according to plan, Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin will play in his 1,000th NHL game tonight in Winnipeg against the Jets.

As Hank told me Tuesday, it’s a feat he’s proud of, one worth celebrating, but it takes a backseat to his team’s poor performance of late and his focus is more on getting points these days than anything else.

That being said, 1,000 freakin’ games is a lot of freakin’ games. Here are some numbers to chew on as we say Hank you to Henrik for his persistence and all-round awesomeness.

-Henrik will become the 289th NHLer to reach the milestone and fourth this season; former teammate Matt Cooke accomplished the feat last night, as a matter of fact.

-Trevor Linden leads the Canucks in all-time games played at 1,382, with 1,140 of those games coming in Vancouver. Markus Naslund is next up at 1,117 games and 884 came with the Canucks. That makes Henrik the second player in franchise history to reach 1,000 games and the first to do it exclusively with the Canucks.

-Henrik’s first NHL game was played on October 5, 2000 in Philadelphia, he registered his first NHL point a night later in Florida and his first NHL goal in his sixth game, in his first multi-point game, at home against Toronto.

-Henrik’s NHL debut was 4,907 days ago, that’s 13 years, 5 months, and 8 days, or 701 weeks. For those tracking time, that’s 117,768 hours or 7,066,080 minutes or 423,964,800 seconds.

-PlayStation 2 came out the same month Henrik joined the Canucks

-Meet the Parents came out a day after his NHL debut, while Remember the Titans was number one at the box office.

-Santana, Destiny’s Child and matchbox twenty rocked the music charts

-CSI made its television debut a day after his first NHL game (and is still going strong as well, I might add)

If you don’t feel old enough already, here’s a list of things that debuted around the same time Henrik began his march to 1,000 games:

-In-car GPS (debuted May 2, 2000)

-Reality TV on the networks (debuted May 31, 2000)

-Listerine breath strips (Summer 2000)

And things that feel like they’ve been around forever that actually came out since 2000:

-Apple stores (debuted May 19, 2001)

-iPods (October 23, 2001)

-BlackBerry smartphones (debuted 2002)

-Crocs (2002)

-Kanye West (2004)

-Gmail (April 1, 2004)

In conclusion, congratuations Henrik and thank you for everything you’ve done for the Vancouver Canucks both on and off the ice.

*Props to Sam Greenspan for the list of Things That Debuted In the 2000s But Feel Like They’ve Been Around Forever