Olli Jokinen is a man who clearly wants to live in the moment.

His world is now — not yesterday, not tomorrow.

So, sorry, details from his first appearance in the National Hockey League are not forthcoming. That was too long ago. Things are too hazy.

And his upcoming 1,000th game?

Well, that doesn't really resonate either. Its mention the other day barely rates a shrug.

"I've been able to play and stay in the game," says the Calgary Flames centre, who, when he touches the ice Sunday evening, will officially earn his silver stick — the 268th player to reach the 1,000-game benchmark. "I think I still have a lot of years ahead of me. But the biggest thing this year — I'm not going to lose my focus. It's a tough league to play, a tough league to stay in, a tough league to be good in. So you can't really make plans about what you're going to do in two weeks, in three weeks, or the 1,020th game or whatever it is, you know? It's a number. Obviously, a nice milestone. But at the end of the day, what do you play for? Winning the Stanley Cup. That's it.