Time sure flies. Especially in the National Hockey League.
Kyle Okposo remembers his first game vividly. That was 599 games ago. The Sabres forward will play in his 600th NHL game Friday night as Buffalo hosts the Vancouver Canucks in KeyBank Center.
"When you hear Patty Marleau's played 1,500, it doesn't mean a whole lot," Okposo joked Friday morning, referencing the Toronto Maple Leafs center who just reached that milestone.
"Six hundred is pretty cool. Any time you hit one of the hundreds you kind of reflect a little bit. You think of the last hundred games or so and what you've done. You know, it's been a lot of ups and downs in my career, but hopefully trending in the right direction. I feel like I'm trending in the right direction the last number of years here."
The 29-year-old forward made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders on March 18, 2008. Three nights later he picked up his first goal and assist against the New Jersey Devils.
"It goes by fast. It goes by really fast," Okposo said. "I can remember my first game like it was yesterday -- in the Colosseum against Toronto. It doesn't feel that long ago and it was over 10 years ago. It's pretty neat when you kinda look back at it like that, but it does go by fast."
Okposo is still looking for his first point of the season. Last season, his first with Buffalo, he had 19 goals and 26 assists in 65 games.