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Philadelphia Flyers Keith Yandle Sets New Ironman Mark

Keith Yandle

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Keith Yandle has broken the NHL’s consecutive game record. Yandle played in his 956th straight game when he took the ice for the Flyers against the New York Islanders. The 35-year-old blueliner broke the record set by former Montreal Canadiens and Hartford Whalers centre Doug Jarvis.

Keith Yandle Breaks Consecutive Game Mark

Yandle has played in 1,074 games, but his ironman streak started in his third season when he was with the Phoenix Coyotes. The Boston native has 102 goals and 511 assists for 613 points. He’s played for the Coyotes, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Flyers in his 16-year NHL career. Yandle has played in every game since March 26, 2009.

He currently has 13 assists in 42 games this season and eight penalty minutes. Yandle has a 53.2 percent Corsi for and 6.6 relative Corsi. The Coyotes, when they were known as the Phoenix Coyotes, was drafted in the fourth round, 105th overall of the 2005 NHL Draft.

He’s a three-time NHL All-Star and was the 2006 CHL defenceman of the year for his 2005-06 season with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats. Yandle posted 25 goals and 59 assists for 84 points in 66 games.

What it Means

The record that Yandle has managed to stay healthy and not get suspended during his tenure in the NHL. His best seasons were in Phoenix when got 11 goals and 59 points with the Coyotes. The 2009-10 season was when he scored the most goals in a season with 12.

Yandle signed a one-year deal worth $900,00 with the Flyers in the off-season. He’s had some struggles this season, but so has pretty much anyone else with the Flyers, who have lost 12 straight games coming into Tuesday’s game.

Jarvis held the record after playing in every game from Oct. 8, 1975 in his rookie debut with the Habs. His streak lasted until Oct. 10, 1987, with the Whalers.

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