It’s going to be a special evening for Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano.
The blueliner will be suiting up in his 700th NHL game when the puck drops versus the Philadelphia Flyers Monday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“I want to play 700 if I can, if the body holds up,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of ups and downs throughout my career. I’ve played a lot of games pro, whether it be in the American League, in the NHL and a year in Russia, too. [I] always reflected, always look back anytime you hit one of these numbers, you’re going to reflect.”
While the 34-year-old’s on-ice resume is an impressive one with nearly 350 points scored and trips to two NHL All-Star Games, his work away from the rink cannot go unnoticed. Along with his wife Lauren, the Giordanos have created a program working with Calgary schools to supply new gym equipment and computers, while offering mentorship to the students. The family also works closely with Habitat for Humanity.
This year, he won the prestigious ESPY Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award.
You can catch Calgary versus Philadelphia at 7 p.m. on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.