Keith Yandle sets NHL ironman streak record with 965 games in a row

Despite untold bumps, bruises, injuries, and even the thread of COVID, Keith Yandle set a new NHL ironman streak record on Tuesday. Yandle played in his 965th consecutive game, breaking Doug Jarvis’ record for the most consecutive regular-season games played in NHL history.

Maybe fittingly, Yandle set this new ironman streak record by completing one of the NHL’s most regular challenges: a back-to-back set. Yandle and the Flyers faced the Islanders on Tuesday after losing to the Stars on Monday. (When Yandle tied Jarvis at 964 consecutive games played.)

Keith Yandle sets new NHL ironman record by playing 965 games in a row

You can see video of Yandle being honored for breaking that NHL record in the video above this post’s headline.

Also, Doug Jarvis congratulated Yandle for becoming the new ironman:

A comfy-looking Gary Bettman did, as well.

Overall, it’s a pretty flabbergasting accomplishment, and presents plenty of “What if?” questions. Just think about how close the Florida Panthers were to making Yandle a healthy scratch last season.

Naturally, the Flyers marked the occasion with some special garb:

The NHL leaned into some quality cheese, recreating the Doug Jarvis ironman image with Keith Yandle (see this PHT Time Machine post for more on that).

The NHL also shared a really fun “stats pack” regarding Keith Yandle setting a new ironman streak record. If you like “at this time,” type figures (that often include “[blank] was atop the Billboard Charts,” then you’ll enjoy these nuggets:

* When Yandle’s run began on March 26, 2009: Instagram had not yet officially launched; the first Uber ride had yet to happen; Netflix was not available in Canada; Barack Obama was two months into his first term as President of the United States; and it had been less than a year since Iron Man (2008) began the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

There are also more nuts-and-bolts stats, and these Yandle facts heading into game 965 really are something:

25,091 – Shifts logged by Yandle during his streak entering game No. 965.

20,877 – Minutes of time on ice accumulated by Yandle during his streak entering game No. 965.

This all leaves us with a thought, and a question. Can Yandle really take a break with fellow ironman Phil Kessel right behind him at 941 games played in a row?


More from PHT on Keith Yandle setting NHL ‘ironman’ streak record

Yandle not taking NHL life for granted as ironman record nears

PHT Time Machine: When Doug Jarvis became the NHL’s ironman

Yandle reached second all-time at 915 games in a row in April

Remembering Andy Hebenton, hockey’s original ironman

Andrew Cogliano’s own ironman streak ended at 830 games due to a suspension


James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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