Flyers’ Keith Yandle Ties Doug Jarvis’ NHL Iron Man Streak at 964 Straight Games – CBS Philly

Philadelphia (AFP) – Philadelphia Flyers defender Keith Yandel tied with retired quarterback Doug Jarvis on Monday night for a 964-game winning streak in the National Hockey League.

The 35-year-old Yandel started his streak on March 26, 2009, with Phoenix, and has played 1,074 games with the Coyotes, New York Rangers and Florida Panthers.

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Yandel’s three-time star, is in his first season with the Flyers and made a mark when he hit the ice in the third turn of the game against Dallas.

Keith Yandle played his 964th straight game Monday night, equaling the record held by Dough Jarvis in the NHL’s Iron Man streak. (Image source: Tim Nwachukwu / Getty Images)

Jarvis played 964 consecutive games throughout his career from October 8, 1975 to October 10, 1987 with Montreal, Washington and Hartford. He never played any off-line game.

Yandle could become the NHL Ironman on the road on Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

Jarvis, a senior adviser to the Vancouver Canucks, said Monday that he plans to call Yandle and congratulate him on the line.

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“I just compliment him. I think the streak is a real appreciation for his personality, his commitment, and his love of the game being there every night,” Jarvis said.

Arizona player Phil Kessel finished third on the list in 940 consecutive games and could also pass Jarvis before the end of the season.

“I knew it was going to be passed,” Jarvis said. “We are pleased that they got there healthy and were able to enjoy this match in an injury-free way.”

Yandel is on a one-year deal with the Flyers and has yet to score a goal this season, while his overall numbers put him near the bottom of the NHL defense. Yandle said he never petitioned to keep his streak alive and understood that it could end if the struggling Flyers decided to rely on younger players.

Jarvis said he was happy to pass the Iron Man torch to Yandel, the way he took it from previous record holder Gary Unger. Unger played 914 consecutive games from 1968 to 1979, and is now fourth on the list.

“I really enjoyed playing the game,” Jarvis said. “I just wanted to play them, and be in the squad night after night. It wasn’t really a self-conscious thing as I thought.”

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