Knuble will become the 269th player in NHL history to reach the milestone, and during warmups tonight at Verizon Center, the Capitals will all wear jerseys with the No. 22 on the back. The sweaters will be auctioned off during the contest outside of section 109.
Turns out Knuble didn’t know about that particular part of the evening and was brought up to speed with social media.
“I didn’t really know that until I was on Twitter last night, I saw it on Twitter,” Knuble said with a laugh. “I know my wife has been up to things behind the scenes a little bit so you just roll with what happens. I think that’s very nice. It’s a great chance to play this game in Washington as a Capital, I’m very happy with that; it will be flattering when you see the guys on the ice.”
Prior to the opening faceoff, Knuble will be presented with commemorative gifts – including a silver hockey stick — from the NHL, the Capitals and his teammates to honor the achievement. Knuble’s family will join him on the ice for the ceremony, which is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
The veteran right wing is always a go-to choice for reporters to offer perspective about the team and the game they play, and as the discussion has centered around him the past few days Knuble has joked about not being as comfortable when talking exclusively about himself.
“It’s a fun day, just try to enjoy the day,” said Knuble, who added that he has family coming in from out of town for the game. “There’s still a game to play and I guess there will be some talk and fun before the game, but once the puck drops the game is on and you move on. Tomorrow I anticipate waking up everything’s back to normal but today’s a fun day and it’s a day you should enjoy as a player.”
All fans will receive commemorative Mike Knuble buttons upon entering Verizon Center.