Coyotes honour Phil Kessel for reaching 1,000-game milestone

Arizona Coyotes center Phil Kessel moves the puck up the ice against the Colorado Avalanche in overtime during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Denver.(Jack Dempsey/AP)

Arizona Coyotes forward Phil Kessel has only played a handful of games with his new team, but that didn’t stop them from honouring him on Saturday for recently surpassing the 1,000-game mark.

Ahead of a game against the Ottawa Senators, members of the Coyotes organization recognized Kessel with a silver stick, a Rolex watch and a crystal plaque.

Entering Saturday, Kessel had recorded two goals and four points in six games with Arizona, where he landed after trade this past June. It was the third time Kessel, the fifth-overall pick in 2006 by the Boston Bruins, had been traded in his 14-year career.

Kessel’s longest tenure came with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he played 446 games (and recorded 394 points) over six seasons.

Surpassing 1,000 NHL games is a credit to Kessel’s ability to avoid injury. He has played 781 consecutive games, which is the third-longest active streak in the league (behind Keith Yandle, 804; and Patrick Marleau, 791).

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