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Marian Gaborik will play in 1,000th NHL game when Kings visit New York Rangers on Friday

Marian Gaborik will play in 1,000th NHL game when Kings visit New York Rangers on Friday

Nicknames are usually given to hockey players early on, and they are stamped with them the rest of their career.

Marian Gaborik has always been known as “Gabby,” but at this stage of his 17-year career, he’s lately been called “Ferrari,” to reflect his affinity for sports cars and perhaps his acclaimed turbo speed on skates.

Gaborik thinks former teammate Robyn Regehr gave him the name, and he almost shakes his head that it’s been resurrected. That’s because this “Ferrari” has undergone serious repairs over the years, mainly foot and chronic knee injuries that have prevented the winger from playing a full season each of the past five years....

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