Todd Bertuzzi's path to his 1,000th NHL game was detoured by controversy and injuries, making him wonder at times whether he would ever make it this far.

A smooth ride during his second stint with the Detroit Red Wings made it possible.

"(Age) 30 to 34 kind of sucked, but I was lucky to get a second shot at coming back to Detroit, playing some fun hockey and around some quality, quality guys," Bertuzzi, 36, said. "It makes coming to the rink very enjoyable."

Bertuzzi will play in his 1,000th game Sunday at Minnesota. The normally reserved power forward is pumped up about the impending milestone.