Talk about late bloomers.
When Mike Knuble hops over the boards tonight against the Nashville Predators he'll become the second-oldest player in NHL history to play in his 1,000th career NHL game.
Knuble (39 years, 169 days) is second only to Grant Ledyard (40 years, 23 days old), who played his 1,000th NHL game on Dec. 12, 2001 for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The youngest player to play his 1,000th NHL game was Dale Hawerchuk (30 years, 306 days)
Five other players have celebrated their 1,000th games in Capitals uniforms. Capitals head coach Dale Hunter was the first in 1993. The others are Phil Housley (1996), Adam Oates (1999), Calle Johansson (2001) and Andrew Cassels (2006).
Knuble tallied 50 goals before the age of 30. After turning 30, he's scored 221 goals, more than Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky (217), Stan Mikita (217) and Steve Yzerman (197).