Steven Stamkos Gets Career Goal Number Number 500

Just after 10 pm eastern time on Wednesday Night, before some of the players had even worked up a light sweat, Steven Stamkos took a pass from Alex Killorn and put it in the back of the Vancouver net as the Lightning took an early 1-0 lead.

This was not just another goal in the career of Stamkos. This was career goal number 500 in his long and distinguished career.

This goal would inspire the Lightning to go on and score four first-period goals as the Lightning built a 4-0 lead.

Stamkos would open the scoring and close the scoring as he took a pass from Nikita Kucherov and scored an empty net goal at 18:38 of the third period as the Lightning would beat the Canucks 5-2.

He also tallied a second goal in the first period as he would end the night with a hat trick on the night he collected his 500th career goal.

Lightning fans should enjoy and savor every goal Stamkos scores because we see greatness before our eyes every night that Stamkos steps on the ice. But, unfortunately, it could be a long before we see another player like Stamkos lace up the skates in Tampa.

Earlier this season he scored his 1,000th career point by joining a small fraternity of 95 players with 1,000 career points. With Stamkos just 34 years of age, barring another injury, it’s safe to say he will continue climbing up the leaderboard.

How far he can go is entirely up to Steven Stamkos. If he continues to score goals at the pace he has this season, he should end the season in the top 75.

Stamkos is the 47th player in NHL history to score 500 goals. He is also the 23rd player in the NHL to score 500 career goals with one franchise.

Stamkos talked about the milestone achievement after the game. “It takes so many different players along the way that have helped me get to that. That’s where you reflect on those things, and you’re just very thankful to be part of this group and the group of players I’ve played with for one organization for the last 14-plus year,s. It’s pretty special to do it and to have that reaction from them is just amazing.”

Jon Cooper, who has had a front-row seat for over 200 of Stamkos’s goals, has this say after watching the captain get to number 500. “Just to watch that kid grow into a man, a phenomenal leader, and to be honest, he’s a generational goal scorer. That’s what he is. And those guys don’t come around that often. Enjoy him while you can.”

Stamkos has come a long way from the Ontario Hockey League bus rides to the NHL chartered plane rides.

He was selected number one by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2008 NHL entry draft.

Stamkos was coming off his second season with the Sarnia Sting scoring 100 goals and adding 97 assists in his two seasons.

In his 14th season in Tampa, Stamkos now owns too many Lightning records to count.

Here are just a few of the Lightning records that Stamkos holds

-Goals 504
-Points 1,026
-PPG 190
-20 goal seasons, 13
-40 goal seasons 6
-50 goal seasons 2
-60 goal seasons 1
-Hat tricks 12
-GWG 76

Stamkos has done more than enough to cement his legacy as the best player in Lightning history.

There should also be no question that he has done enough at this stage of his career to gain entrance into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In addition to his individual career and season records, he has also won two Stanley Cups and played in a third.

He is a seven-time all-star and World Cup of Hockey Champion with team Canada in 2016.

He has also done a lot of work off the ice to build the game of hockey in Tampa and around the state of Florida.

From a fresh-faced teenager to the leader of one of the best teams in the NHL, Stamkos continues to add to his legacy, which will one day end in Toronto at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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