Linesman Vaughan Rody officiated his 1000th National Hockey League game on Saturday as the Calgary Flames took on the Canucks in Vancouver.

Rody will be honored for this milestone by the league early next season in his hometown of Winnipeg.

Rody, 48, made his NHL debut in 2000, working a game between the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks.  In the 16 seasons since, he’s battled through countless injuries – including one that left him sidelined for a year.

“Every day is fortunate,” Rody once said. “When I put my jersey on before every game, quite frankly, I wouldn’t trade places with anybody. I think I have the greatest job in the world.”

A great job.  A great linesman.  You don’t reach 1000 games without dedication and determination, which Rody has in spades.

Congratulations, Vaughan!