Soon a significant plateau for John Tavares

Soon to be a significant plateau for John Tavares


Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares will soon be playing the 1,000th game of his National Hockey League (NHL) career, but true to form, he refuses to make a big deal out of it flat. 

If injury-free by then, Tavares will become the 378th player to reach that plateau on Sunday as the Washington Capitals visit.< /p>

“It's hard to believe,” Tavares began by telling the media on Monday. Obviously, it's hard to realize it, but [I feel] only a lot of gratitude for several people who allowed me to reach this plateau. I've played for two big organizations and it's been a lot of fun on the journey.”

“It might be one of those times when you take a step back to think, but I try to focus on the present and getting the results I want.”

Tavares has 411 goals and 940 games in 996 games so far, not counting Monday night's game against the New York Islanders, the only another team he has played for since his NHL debut in the fall of 2009.

This season, he has scored 20 goals so far while being instrumental in 25 of his teammates' successes.< /p>