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Andrew Ladd reaches 1,000th career game in overtime loss to Chicago

Apr 20, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes left wing Andrew Ladd (16) and Chicago Blackhawks center Dylan Strome (17) battle for the puck during the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Ladd has been in the NHL for 16 seasons, but one lesson he’s carried through is how quickly the chance to play can be lost.

The pain of the past was halted as Ladd beat the odds to reach the career milestone of 1,000 games played as the Arizona Coyotes were dealt an overtime loss by the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday at Gila River Arena. 

Ladd worked his way back from two major knee surgeries in the 2019-20 season and only played four games with the New York Islanders and 34 in the American Hockey League. Ladd didn’t get the chance to suit up in the NHL last season and only appeared in one AHL game.  

The Coyotes acquired him over the last offseason after the Islanders made a deal for the Coyotes to take Ladd’s $5.5 million cap hit in exchange for two future second-round picks and third-round pick from the Islanders. 

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