- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Andrew Cassels, the smooth-skating center in his 17th pro season, was honored last night by the Washington Capitals, his teammates and the NHL on the occasion of his 1,000th NHL game. It is an accomplishment only 204 players have achieved.

Cassels, who has played for six teams, was taken 17th overall by Montreal in 1987. He signed with the Caps last summer to provide leadership and stability for the team’s younger players.

“When I was first drafted, the only thing I was concerned about was getting the opportunity to make the team,” Cassels said. “Then after I made the team the thing, all I was worried about was getting the opportunity to stay. It’s all about opportunities. Some people get them and don’t take advantage.”

Cassels, accompanied by his wife and two children, received a silver hockey stick from Caps general manager George McPhee; a piece of Tiffany crystal from the NHL, presented by league vice president Jim Gregory; and a Hummer H3 golf cart from his teammates.

Cassels’ 1,000th game was actually Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, but the ceremony honoring him was delayed until he returned to Washington.

He is the sixth player — none of them home grown — to play their 1,000th game while with Washington. The others were Phil Housley, Dale Hunter, Calle Johansson, Kelly Miller and Adam Oates.

Dave Fay

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