Keith Yandle, NHL record holder for consecutive games played, announces retirement after 16 seasons

Keith Yandle, who broke the NHL record for successive video games played in January, revealed that he’s retiring after 16 seasons. The veteran defenseman made the statement on the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast on Tuesday.

“The last year it’s one of those things I’ve been thinking about,” Yandle stated. “When that’s all you know in your life, to call it quits on it, to call it an end, it’s nerve wracking. You’re worried about what you’re going to do. Especially this time of the year, you’re ramping up for training camp.

“The last couple weeks I’ve been at ease with it. Really delighted in spending quality time with the household. …. I believe for me I’m truly at ease with it and anticipating the next chapter.”

On Jan. 25, 2022, Yandle broke Doug Jarvis’ record as he played in his 965th consecutive game. The longtime defenseman’s streak did come to an end at 989 games on April 2 when the Philadelphia Flyers listed him as a healthy scratch. Prior to that, Yandle’s “Iron Man” stretch lasted from March 26, 2009 up until March 29, 2022.

Vegas Golden Knights winger Phil Kessel is presently 2nd behind Yandle on the successive video games played list with 982.

During his 16-year NHL profession, Yandle tallied 619 points (103 objectives and 516 helps) with the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes and Flyers. He was initially picked by the Coyotes in the 4th round (No. 105 general) of the 2005 NHL Draft, where he invested the very first 8 seasons of his expert profession.

His finest season came throughout the 2018-19 project, when Yandle signed up a career-high 62 points (9 objectives and 53 helps) with the Rangers. Yandle likewise signed up a minimum of 50 points in 5 of his NHL seasons.

The three-time All-Star invested his last NHL season with the Flyers as he signed a one-year, $900,000 agreement with the franchise in July 2021. Yandle taped 19 points (one objective and 18 helps) in 77 video games for the Flyers last season.

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