Veteran Keith Yandle, NHL’s Recorder for Consecutive Games Played, Retires

Keith Yandle with the Florida Panthers in 2018
Keith Yandle with the Florida Panthers in 2018. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI/Shutterstock (12408770d)

Veteran defenseman Keith Yandle announced his retirement from NHL after playing 16 seasons in the league. Yandle retires as the NHL’s leading Iron Man, holding the record for most consecutive games played with 989.

Yandle spent most of the 2021-22 campaign with the Philadelphia Flyers before being released towards the end of the season. He didn’t sign for any team during the summer and ended up making the decision to walk away.

Yandle confirmed the news of his retirement in a chat with the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast.

“The last couple weeks I’ve been at ease with it,” Yandle said. “Really enjoyed spending time with the family. … I think for me I’m really at ease with it and looking forward to the next chapter.”

Keith Yandle entered the 2021-22 NHL season 43 games short of the Iron Man record held by the Montreal Canadiens’ legendary forward Doug Jarvis, who played 964 games in a row. Yandle went on to break the record in a 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders on January 25th and then improve it by 24 more games until the Flyers made him a healthy scratch against the Toronto Maple Leafs late in the season.

Keith Yandle played a total of 1,109 games in the NHL, scoring 103 goals and dishing 516 assists for a total of 619 points. He received three All-Star nods during his career.