The NHL's all-time consecutive games played leader Keith Yandle is calling it a career.
The veteran defenseman announced on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast today that he is retiring from professional hockey after a stellar career that included an astounding 989 consecutive games played streak. Yandle hasn't missed a single game since 2009. Incredible.
Yandle making the announcement himself:
An incredible record that... let's be honest... won't last too, too much longer for Yandle.
Vegas Golden Knights forward Phil Kessel is just six games shy of Yandle's record and is expected to take over the throne for Yandle by late October. Regardless, this is an incredible accomplishment for Yandle and one that he can certainly hang his hat on for years to come. All told he'll wrap up a stellar career with 103 goals and 619 points in 1,109 career games split between the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers.