WATCH: Wild celebrate Marc-Andre Fleury’s career milestones before win over Penguins
The Minnesota Wild honored Marc-Andre Fleury with a pregame ceremony before their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, his former team. Fleury hit a pair of big milestones last month, and he got to celebrate those accomplishments with some old teammates by his side.
On New Year’s Eve, Fleury played in his 1,000th NHL game. Just a few weeks later, on January 15th, Fleury passed Patrick Roy on the NHL’s all-time wins list with his 552nd victory. With the Penguins in town on Friday, the Wild honored him for both of those accomplishments.
Before the teams took the ice, Sidney Crosby presented Fleury with a gift from the Penguins, a photo of Fleury with the four teams he played for throughout his career.
Before the puck dropped at Xcel Center, the Wild played a tribute video that included messages from Crosby, Wild teammate Filip Gustavsson, Hall of Fame inductee Martin Brodeur, Fleury’s children and more. It was an emotional moment for one of the most famous players in the league.
In the game itself, Fleury posted win No. 553 to his resume. The Wild were leading 3-2 over the Penguins late in the third period when Fleury made a series of special saves to preserve the win for Minnesota. The entire crowd was on its feet as Fleury completed another career highlight.
Fleury has now played in 1,009 career games – 691 of those were with the Penguins, and 81 were with the Wild. Fleury won the Stanley Cup three times in Pittsburgh, and led the Vegas Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018. Fleury has four All-Star appearances and a Vezina Trophy to his name to go along with a career GAA of 2.59 and to save .912 percent.