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Iron man streak hits 800 games for the very durable and criminally underrated Keith Yandle

october 9, 2019
With the speed and intensity of today's NHL, it's becoming increasingly difficult for players to reach iron man status. It takes more than just a great player to play 500+ consecutive games in the NHL. It takes heart and determination.

To elaborate on just how rare it is, only three active players are currently on iron man streaks. Keith Yandle, Patrick Marleau and Phil Kessel.

Keith Yandle is a special player. He may be one of the most underrated players in the NHL, period. When people talk about the best blueliners in the game, they reference the names Victor Hedman, Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty and Brent Burns. You never hear Keith Yandle's name mentioned among the best of the best, despite the fact that, of those names mentioned, only Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns have produced more points than the Boston, MA native has.

Yandle, who has not missed a game since March 22nd, 2009, currently sits 7th in points among active NHL defensemen with 530 points in 910 games. Only Burns, Chara, Keith, Karlsson, Suter and Weber rank ahead of Yandle. The point I am trying to make is that even without taking into account his iron man streak, Keith Yandle should, by all accounts, be considered one of the absolute best in the game.

On Tuesday night, Yandle, who currently ranks 5th on the all-time iron man list, suited up in his 800th consecutive NHL game. With that milestone, Yandle is only 30 games behind Andrew Cogliano to tie him for 4th all-time. Yandle will then have to play 85 more consecutive games to take sole possession of 3rd all-time. This spot is currently held by Steve Larmer, who played 11 consecutive seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1982-1993. Gary Unger sits 2nd with 914 consecutive games played from 1968-1979 and the all-time leader, Doug Jarvis, never missed a game in his NHL career, having suited up for all 964 of his NHL contests from 1975-1987.

Yandle has had a very successful career to date and if he is able to play 2 more seasons, plus 4 more games without missing a game, the former 4th round draft pick (2005), will end his career as the all-time iron man in the NHL, which would be a truly amazing story.

Source for iron man record list: wikipedia
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