NHL Iron Men

by jmnovff - 28 cards (Last updated on May 16, 2021)

11. 1963-64 Topps #15 Andy Hebenton

*** Former record holder ***
*** Former record holder from start of career ***

630 games:
Start of career:10/07/1955-
End of career:03/22/1964

End of streak: Sent to minors.

*** Current pro hockey record holder ***

1062 games

End of streak: Attended father's funeral.


12. 2018-19 Upper Deck #96 Karl Alzner

622 games 10/08/2010-04/07/2018

End of streak: Scratched from lineup.


13. 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee - Rainbow Foil #215 Antoine Vermette

617 games 10/27/2007-10/22/2015

Length of streak is debatable, may be "only" 482 games.


14. 2020-21 O-Pee-Chee - Blue #374 Brent Burns

*** Active streak ***

597 games 11/21/2013-05/12/2021

15. 1960-61 Parkhurst #14 Johnny Wilson

*** Former record holder ***

580 games 02/10/1952-03/20/1960

End of streak: Contract dispute.

16. 1978-79 O-Pee-Chee #182 Billy Harris

576 games
Start of career:10/07/1972-11/28/1979

End of streak: Scratched from lineup.


17. 1999-00 O-Pee-Chee #130 Mark Recchi

570 games 10/04/1991-12/11/1998

End of streak: Pneumonia.


18. 1975-76 Topps #49 Danny Grant

555 games 12/04/1968-12/19/1975

End of streak: Leg injury.

19. 1965-66 Coca-Cola NHL Players #NNO Alex Delvecchio

548 games 12/13/1956-11/11/1964

End of streak: Fractured jaw.

20. 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee - Micromotion Black #477 Brendan Morrison

542 games 02/27/2000-12/10/2007

End of streak: Wrist injury.




Mar 1, 2021 - 7:53PM

I haven't followed hockey since the lost lockout season (2004-05), so I didn't know that three guys were actively within 100 games of the Doug Jarvis record ... I predict one of them will break it.

It's too bad Steve Larmer's steak was ended by a dispute with Chicago management, or else he might have the record now.

To me, Garry Unger is still the real Iron Man of the NHL ... one of my favorites, he had to score goals and drop the gloves every once in a while.  Jarvis never had to carry his teams ... he was a role player.  The AP story of Unger's steak ending is in the 12/24/1979 edition of the Montreal Gazette.  He was uniform for the Atlanta Flames on 12/22/1979 at St. Louis, but never got off the bench.  Late in the game, he stood up and coach Al MacNeil grabbed the back of his sweater and yanked him down.  Unger, who had been playing injured for almost two weeks, backed his coach's decision of valuing the team's performance over the streak.

BTW, the Monteal Gazette is a fantastic hockey news resource ... it's one of the newspapers at this site:


Mar 3, 2021 - 5:51AM
Big Ray

Andrew Cogliano's streak ended due to a two-game suspension from the Dept of Player Safety for an illegal hit. Without the suspension he would have reached 900+ games before finally missing a game due to injury about a year later.

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