Yandle retires from NHL, holds consecutive games played record at 989

Keith Yandle, who set the NHL record for consecutive games played closing season, introduced his retirement Tuesday after 16 seasons.

“The last year it’s one of those things I’ve been thinking about,” Yandle mentioned at the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast. “When that’s all you know in your life, to call it quits on it, to call it an end, it’s nerve-wracking. You’re worried about what you’re going to do. Especially this time of the year, you’re ramping up for training camp.

“The closing couple weeks I’ve been at ease with it. Really loved spending time with the circle of relatives. …. I feel for me I’m in reality at ease with it and taking a look ahead to the following bankruptcy.”

His streak reached 989 games. It ended when he was scratched against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 2.

“My handiest hope is that he simply acknowledges how superb it’s what he is achieved,” Flyers coach Mike Yeo said that day. “For certain, for him it is disappointing, no query. But no longer many can say they have achieved one thing that no person within the historical past of the NHL has ever achieved. And so on no account does this diminish what he is completed. It is exceptional and indubitably one thing to be extraordinarily happy with.”

Video: Yandle plays in 965th consecutive game to set record

The 36-year-old defenseman had 19 points (one goal, 18 assists) in 77 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season.

Yandle said he spoke to a number of his former teammates for advice on making his decision, among them Rick Nash, Shane Doan and Roberto Luongo.

“Seems like guys in this day and age are in reality at ease with it,” Yandle said. “We’ve been fortunate sufficient to make sufficient cash that we are not too apprehensive about it that a lot. I feel … the psychological side of it, discovering your means in existence and what you will do. For me it is that specialize in the following bankruptcy, being a excellent circle of relatives man. I feel nearly all of issues guys have advised me is as soon as you recognize, your frame tells you it is time to close it down, the time has come. For me this summer season I had little interest in understanding. This is it, it is not price combating for, looking to grind it out every other yr. I’m extra at ease.”

Yandle played his record 965th consecutive game at the New York Islanders on Jan. 25. Doug Jarvis had held the record of 964 straight.

“It’s a love for the sport and having amusing,” Yandle said then. “At the tip of the day, we are taking part in a recreation that all of us dreamt of taking part in rising up.”

Video: PHI@NYI: Yandle skates in his 965th consecutive game

Vegas Golden Knights forward Phil Kessel is second to Yandle with 982 consecutive games played.

Selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round (No. 105) of the 2005 NHL Draft, Yandle had 619 points (103 goals, 516 assists) in 1,109 games with the Coyotes, New York Rangers, Florida Panters and Flyers. He also scored 36 points (six goals, 30 assists) in 58 Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

He had signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Flyers on July 28, 2021, two weeks after the Panthers bought out the final two seasons of his seven-year contract.

Yandle scored at least 10 goals in a season four times and skated in the NHL All-Star Game three times (2011, 2012, 2019). As much as he accomplished on the ice, numerous teammates cited Yandle for his energy, work ethic and what he brought to the dressing room.

“He’s one of the crucial teammates you bear in mind endlessly,” Flyers ahead Joel Farabee mentioned. “I don’t believe there is sufficient excellent issues to mention about him. … He’s probably the most right down to earth, great man that loves the sport such a lot. 

“Having the honor to play one season with him is something I’ll remember. He’s one of the best ever to do it and I wish him well with whatever happens in his post-career life.”

Added heart Kevin Hayes, who played with Yandle in New York and Philadelphia: “He’s one of my favorite teammates that I’ve ever played with. He’s a grounded human who understands what hard work is and he’s just a consistent human on and off the ice. You know exactly what you’re going to get from him.”

Also on Tuesday, defenseman Zdeno Chara, 45, introduced he’ll signal a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins and retire after 24 seasons and defenseman P.Okay. Subban, 33, retired after 13 NHL seasons.

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