2. Stamkos hits 1000 points and 500 assists
It’s been almost fifteen years of Steven Stamkos in the NHL and despite the injuries and multiple league stoppages, he’s finally hit the 1000 point mark of his career, along with 500 assists.
Stamkos is the first player in Lightning history to collect all 1000 points with the team, and with all the stuff he’s dealt with over the years, it’s nothing short of amazing to see him hit this mark.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see the 500-500-1000 stat line we all were hoping would happen, but it’s still great to see. Stamkos is unlikely to hit 500 goals before 2022 ended so that story will have to wait for the “Top 5 Lightning Moments from 2023” article next year.