The National Hockey League (NHL) is a major professional ice hockey league which operates in Canada and the United States. Since its inception in 1917–18, 313 players have played at least 1,000 regular season games, varying in amounts between Gordie Howe’s 1,767 to Bernie Federko and Henrik Zetterberg’s 1,000. Of these players, a number have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Thirty of the listed players have played for only one franchise. Four of those players played exclusively for the Montreal Canadiens and five played for the Detroit Red Wings, those teams having the most such players. The record for most teams played for by a player who has competed in over 1,000 games is held by Mike Sillinger, who played for 12 teams in his career; Sillinger played his 1,000th game with his 12th and final NHL team, the New York Islanders. Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur are the only goaltenders with at least 1,000 games played. Roy spent his career with the Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche while Brodeur played for the New Jersey Devils and his final seven games with the St. Louis Blues.