Former Kelowna Rockets player Travis Moen skated in his 500th career NHL regular season game last Tuesday when the Montreal Canadiens play host to the Buffalo Sabres.
Moen, who is married to the daughter of Rockets director of player personnel Lorne Frey, is in his seventh full season in the NHL and has reached the milestone after playing more than 77 regular season games in all but one of his NHL seasons.
A native of Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan (north of Swift Current) Moen joined the Rockets as a list player in the 1998-99 season, playing four games before playing three full seasons with Kelowna from 1999-00 to 2001-02.
His final season was his best in a Rockets uniform as Moen scored 27 points and had nearly 200 penalty minutes.
After graduating from the Rockets, Moen played a season in the AHL for the Norfolk Admirals before jumping into the NHL and playing 82 games with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003-04.
The next year it was back to Norfolk before Moen joined the Anaheim Ducks in 2005-06. He would play nearly four seasons with Anaheim before joining San Jose for a brief 19-game stint in 2008-09.
In 2009-10 Moen played his first season with the Montreal Canadiens and was especially effective in 19 playoff games for the Habs.
Sunday night he will skate in regular season game number 502, in Calgary against the Flames.
Moen has also played in 61 career NHL playoff games.