(HockeySTL)-- Jay Bouwmeester’s NHL-leading “ironman” streak is expected to continue on Friday when the Blues face off against the Anaheim Ducks.
Barring any surprises, Bouwmeester will be suiting up for his 700th consecutive NHL game, which is quite the milestone for any NHL player who is able to reach it.
Bouwmeester’s 700-game streak would include 694 regular season games and six playoff appearances. The streak began on Mar. 3, 2004 with the Florida Panthers. Since that time, Bouwmeester has switched teams twice and has solidified his spot in history.
Bouwmeester, 30, not only holds the longest active streak for games played, but he also holds the record for most consecutive games played by any defenseman in NHL history. He is the leading active ironman in all major professional sports, as well.
Vancouver forward Henrik Sedin was second amongst active NHL players, playing in 679 games before being sidelined with an injury earlier this season.
Bouwmeester currently holds the fifth-longest streak in NHL history. Doug Jarvis holds the longest streak, which stands at 964. Former Blue Gary Unger (914) occupies the second spot. He is followed by Steve Larmer (884), Craig Ramsey (776), and then Bouwmeester.
Bouwmeester has played in 78 consecutive games with the Blues, dating back to last season when he was acquired by the club.