Steven Stamkos is considered hockey royalty by supporters of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The walking goal factory extended his illustrious NHL career on Thursday by becoming the first player in the team’s history to score 1,000 points in his entire career.
Stamkos is now the eighth member of an incredibly elite group of NHL players, with superstars like Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins as well.
Through the NHL Public Relations:
Major milestone alert for Steven Stamkos. @RealStamkos91 became the first player in franchise history to record 1,000 career points with the @TBLightning. #NHLStats: https://t.co/KNHEbO5RJK“>https://t.co/KNHEbO5RJK pic.twitter.com/J805KXrUB9
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 2, 2022
With an assist on Nicholas Paul‘s goal in the first period of the Lightning’s away game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Stamkos attained a historic milestone. Stamkos entered the ice for this game with 13 goals and 14 assists for a total of 27 points for the 2022–23 NHL season.
One of his generation’s most productive offensive forces has been Stamkos. His career best of 60 goals came during the 2011–12 season, and he has two seasons with at least 50 goals scored and six with at least 40 goals. In the 2021–22 season, he recorded 106 points (42 goals, 64 assists), which was a career-high.
The forward for the Lightning has also had the good fortune to play with and be surrounded by many outstanding skaters, including Vincent Lecavalier, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, and Martin St. Louis. With the goal of slowing down the Toronto Maple Leafs’ hot streak on Saturday, Stamkos and the Bolts are now on their way home.