Yandle becomes the NHL’s new iron man


Keith Yandle is now alone in first place in NHL history for the number of consecutive games played. He broke Doug Jarvis’ mark by playing his 965th straight game on Tuesday against the New York Islanders at UBS Arena.

« I didn’t really have time to fully realize it, » Yandle said after the game. Of course, I’m very grateful. I am grateful to be able to play in this league, the best league in the world. To be surrounded by the best people, people who support and encourage you, to be part of the NHL and the NHL family, in my case for 16 years, is more than a dream come true. »

Yandle was in the starting lineup for the Flyers, who lost 4-3 to the Islanders and lost for the 13th straight game. During a commercial break, the NHL’s new iron man was hailed by members of both teams and the crowd as his achievement was celebrated.

 » It’s awesome. I don’t know the percentage of guys who are able to just play that number of games, but to play them back to back is unbelievable, Flyers forward commented Gerry Mayhew. Hats off to him. It’s disappointing that we couldn’t win, but it’s a remarkable achievement. I congratulate him. »

Jarvis had held the record since Dec. 26, 1986, when he played his 915th consecutive game to beat Garry Unger’s previous mark.

« I think it’s great, » Jarvis said. I want every player to have the ability to play hockey without being injured. […] You have to give him credit, I’m glad he was able to have such a career. »

Jarvis’ streak spanned from October 8, 1975, in his career debut, to October 10, 1987. He played for the Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and Hartford Whalers.

Yandle tied Jarvis’s mark in the Flyers’ 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center.

« When I saw the guys and the fans standing up and applauding me, it meant a lot to me, » Yandle said Monday. When your teammates, but also the opposing players come to congratulate you and tell you that they are proud of you, it touches you and that means a lot. »

Video: Yandle plays a record 965th straight game

Yandle already had the longest streak of consecutive games played by a defender; Jay Bouwmeester is second in this chapter with 737 games. Arizona Coyotes forward Phil Kessel holds second place among active players with 941 consecutive games, a streak that is still ongoing.

“It was special. I didn’t know how many people would be here, Yandle said Tuesday. No one told me who would be there. I knew my wife, kids, and parents would be there, and then I saw other people taking their time to come cheer me on. It was worth all the gold in the world to me. »

Yandle’s streak began on March 26, 2006 with the Phoenix Coyotes. Since then he has played for the New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Flyers.

« The way hockey is played now, there’s a lot more action in the zone [défensive]and you have to be in net,” said the Islanders defenseman Andy Greene, Tuesday. “There can be several bizarre ricochets. To have been able to play for so long despite all that says a lot about the way he works and prepares. It’s amazing to have been able to play non-stop for so long. »



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