NHL Iron Men

by jmnovff - 26 cards (Last updated on Mar 23, 2024)

1. 2022-23 Upper Deck Tim Hortons #120 Phil Kessel

*** Current record holder ***
*** Active streak ***

1064 games 11/03/2009-04/13/2023


2. 2021-22 Upper Deck MVP - 20th Anniversary #69 Keith Yandle

*** Former record holder ***

989 games 03/26/2009-3/29/2022

End of streak: Coach's lineup decision.




3. 1987-88 O-Pee-Chee #95 Doug Jarvis

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

964 games
Start of NHL career:10/08/1975-
End of NHL career:10/10/1987

End of streak: Coach's lineup decision.


4. 1979-80 Coca-Cola Atlanta Flames #NNO Garry Unger

*** Former record holder ***

914 games 02/24/1968-12/21/1979

End of streak: Shoulder injury, in lineup but did not play.


5. 2020-21 Upper Deck #401 Patrick Marleau

910 games 04/09/2009-05/12/2021

Regular season games played record holder (1779).

End of streak: Unsigned free agent, then retired

6. 1993-94 Score #525 Steve Larmer

*** Current record holder for single team (884 Chicago Blackhawks) ***

884 games 10/06/1982-04/15/1993

End of streak: Contract dispute.


7. 2020-21 O-Pee-Chee - Blue #374 Brent Burns

*** Active streak ***

832 games 11/21/2013--03/22/2024

8. 2018-19 SP Authentic - 2018-19 Upper Deck Update #510 Andrew Cogliano

830 games:
Start of NHL career:10/04/2007-01/13/2018

End of streak: League suspension.


9. 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee #69 Craig Ramsay

776 games 03/27/1973-02/10/1983

End of streak: Foot injury.

10. 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee #480 Jay Bouwmeester

737 games 03/06/2004-11/22/2014

End of streak: Lower body 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.

Oct 21, 2021 - 9:49PM

Yandle's looked great so far this season, I think he'll get that record as long as he doesn't have an injury.

Apr 3, 2022 - 10:51PM
Billy Kingsley

Such a dirty move by Yeo to end Yandle's streak like that. I'm glad they lost badly that game.

Apr 4, 2022 - 10:30AM

Yandle hadn't been playing well all (well, really "most", he looked decent starting off) season. The team was playing him just for the streak, which really defeats the point of the streak itself.

Edited on: Apr 4, 2022 - 10:31AM

Nov 18, 2022 - 2:39PM

Glenn Hall's record's a safe one, that's for sure!

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