Smithers’ Dan Hamhuis has surpassed a giant milestone in the world of professional hockey.
The Nashville Predators defenceman recently laced up for his 1,100th NHL game against the New York Rangers on Nov. 2.
The Preds would lose that game 2-1, however, Hamhuis joins a list of only 190 other NHL players (including six other active players) to achieve the feat.
The other current defencemen on the list are Zdeno Chara and Jay Bouwmeester.
Dan Hamhuis was drafted 12th overall in the 2001 draft by the Predators.
He would go on to play six seasons with the team, as well as one season with their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate before playing an additional six seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and two with the Dallas Stars.
Hamhuis returned to the Predators for the 2018-2019 season.
While the 36-year-old hasn’t hoisted the Stanley Cup in his 15-year NHL career, he did help the Canucks make it to the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals where they were bested by the Boston Bruins in seven games.
The Smithers native has made numerous charitable appearances in the community, including being a part of the bi-annual Celebrity Golf Tournament (where he used to caddy for touring celebrities as a kid) for a number of years.
He has also recently built a home in town.
Gordie Howe holds the all-time record for NHL games played, with 1,767 over his 26-season career.
For active players, Patrick Marleau holds the record at 1,657.