Subban, Chara and Yandle’s quick retirements are causing a stir in the NHL

Together, they played 3,623 NHL games, which equates to roughly 45 seasons, and scored 1,766 cumulative points (427 goals, 1,339 assists).

Yandel left the game without a championship or individual trophy, but currently holds the NHL record in 989 consecutive regular-season games played between March 26, 2009 and March 29, 2022. 2022–23 season, Vegas Golden Knights striker Phil Kessel After playing 982 in a row.

Chara won the 2011 Stanley Cup as captain of the Boston Bruins and the 2009 Norris Cup as the best defender in the National Hockey League.

Suban won the Norris Award in 2013 and in 2022 was voted into the King Clancy Award, going to the player who “represents the best example of leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community”.

It was a big day Tuesday with these three retirees falling like dominoes. The NHL doesn’t keep the official record of one-day retirement for Gray veterans, but league statistic Liv Ellis dug deep to discover a list of players who have played at least 834 games – Subban total, least of the three – who have won the most Stanley Cup championships and individual awards and haven’t played No other game after that season.

The 2009-2010 season saw 16 players who met the standard of 834 games in which they played, amassing a total of 28 Stanley Cup titles and 15 singles trophies, and have never played again: Chris Chiles, Rod Brand Amour, Daryl Sidor, Matthew Schneider, Rob Blake, and Bill Geren, Scott Niedermayer, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Kirk Maltby, Miroslav Satan, Brad May, Stefan Yell, Paul Karia, Jerry Littenen, Pavol Dimitra and Aaron Ward.

On Tuesday, from his home in Florida, Hall of Fame defender Larry Robinson was first considered for Chara, whose 1,680 games are the most ever played by anyone in that position.

“I remember Chara when he first came to the islanders,” said Robinson, a six-time Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens from 1973-1986 who ranked 15th among the linebackers.

“He was this huge, big, big guy who had a hard time skating. He didn’t have balance, well, some balance, and he looked really out of place. I think they started working with him and making himself a bad hockey player. Everyone looks at how long he’s played but they They look at his success.”

Robinson was a senior advisor with the St. Louis Blues in 2018-19 when Chara got the Brayden Shin They shot in the face during the second period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Captain Bruins would need two boards with wires and screws to repair multiple fractures in his jaw to allow him to play until the end of the final, which the Blues won in seven matches.

Robinson said, “The man came back to the bench in the third period wearing a mouth and chin guard. Chara didn’t play that period but in games 5, 6 and 7.” This is a man with a lot of character and a desire to win.

“That is why he has been able to play for so long. He has kept his desire. He is 40 and has been fighting kids for the past few years. He is still playing the game the same way in the last few years of his career. Kudos to him. .I am inspired and grateful that he has preserved the legacy of defense. Good for him.”

In the Czech Republic, retired defender Jaroslav Spacek remembered Chara as a bushy teenager in the mid-1990s, skating for Sparta Praha, trying to break into the Czech League.

“Everyone was looking at him as a huge guy, obviously,” said Spacek, Today’s Head of Youth through HC Plzen’s Small Programs General Manager Martin Straka.

“He didn’t skate really well and then the islanders recruited him (in 1996). Everyone was so surprised. But his work ethic got him where he went. He became an NHL captain and won the Stanley Cup. I think it was a good career path for him.”

Spacek broke out in the NHL with the Florida Panthers in 1998, a year after Chara made her debut with the New York Islanders.

“At the size of Chara and his little NHL skating rink, I wasn’t surprised that he played as long as he played,” Spacek said. “Maybe that helped him.” “He’s been through a few different styles of hockey and adapted to all of them. The NHL was more physical when we broke in, and it wasn’t like European hockey. Then after the shutdown (2004-2005), there was more speed, less contact. I was surprised at how easy he handled that. “.

Spacek, who played 880 National Hockey League games for eight teams from 1998-2012, shines in Yandel’s Iron Man record.

“That streak is incredible, especially for a man of defense,” he said of the tough 6-foot-1, 192-pound Boston native. “You’re fighting fights, all things Grid, it’s amazing that he’s running that streak as long as he does that.”

Robinson, too, is a fan of Yandel’s race.

“When I met him in Arizona, we were doing one of (Wayne) Gretzky’s fantasy camps and he was there,” he said. “I was amazed. He is not really small but for a guy who plays this position, with his size, it is very impressive that he is able to play for this period of time. Hat up with another player who has played for a long time as well as he did.”

Brian Gionta led Suban for four seasons with the Canadians, from 2010-14, with a front row seat to the sometimes older defensive man.

“It’s not easy for a young man with the stardom he had in Montreal to deal with,” said Giunta of Buffalo. “You could argue that PK has distracted him from her but you can also tell that he is still out of his career. A lot of other players have swallowed the temptations of a great city and a great team like this.”