Vegas Golden Knights star Phil Kessel has damaged the Nationwide Hockey League (NHL) ‘ironman’ file after he performed his 990th consecutive recreation on Tuesday.
In taking to the ice in opposition to the San Jose Sharks, Kessel surpassed the earlier mark set by the Philadelphia Flyers’ Keith Yandle final season.
Kessel, 35, began his spectacular streak on November 3, 2009, when he made his debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He had began that season by lacking 12 video games as he recovered from shoulder surgical procedure and had beforehand fought again from a most cancers analysis when he was simply 19 years previous.
Not content material with the ‘ironman’ title, Kessel celebrated his record-breaking achievement by scoring his four-hundredth profession purpose as his workforce beat the Sharks 4-2.
“It’s a cool thing. It means I played a lot of games, right? It’s neat,” an understated Kessel informed reporters when he initially tied the file on Monday. “I’ve been fortunate.”
He added: “I like to play, I enjoy going out there. I’ve been doing it a long time and it’s still fun to me.”
The American has not missed a recreation for nearly 13 years, together with 12 full seasons within the NFL.
It’s a profession that has seen him play for the Boston Bruins, the Maple Leafs, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Arizona Coyotes and, most not too long ago, the Golden Knights.
Kessel was a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins, successful consecutive titles in 2016 and 2017.
Yandle, who set the earlier file in January, has since retired from the game however had a video message for Kessel.
“To play in even one NHL game is a remarkable achievement but to play in every game going back 13 years takes unbelievable talent to stay in the line-up day in and day out, tremendous determination to play through aches and pains, and a whole lot of luck,” he mentioned.
Ten extra and Kessel will turn out to be the primary participant to characteristic in 1000 consecutive video games, however he’s actually not getting carried away.
“There is obviously a lot of luck. There are some nights you could have missed throughout the time, but I ended up not,” he informed reporters.