Yandel retires from the NHL and holds a record in consecutive games 989

Keith YandelHe, who broke the National Hockey League’s record for consecutive games last season, announced his retirement Tuesday after 16 seasons.

“The past year has been one of those things I’ve been thinking about,” Yandle said on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast. “When that’s all you know in your life, to call it stop, to call it end, it’s nerve-wracking. You worry about what you’re going to do. Especially at this time of year, you’re ramping up bootcamp.

“The last two weeks, I’ve been comfortable with her. I’ve really enjoyed spending time with the family…I think for me, I’m really comfortable with that and looking forward to the next chapter.”

His consecutive matches reached 989 matches. It all ended when he was smeared with oil in front of the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 2.

“My only hope is that he realizes how amazing what he did,” Flyers coach Mike Yu said that day. “Sure, it’s disappointing for him, no doubt. But not many can say that they did something that no one in NHL history has ever done. And so this in no way diminishes his accomplishments. It’s fantastic and certainly something to be proud of. Extremely “.

Video: Yandle plays 965 consecutive games to set a record

The 36-year-old defender scored 19 points (1 goal, 18 assists) in 77 games for the Philadelphia Flyers last season.

Yandel said he spoke to a number of his former teammates for advice on making his decision, including Rick Nash, Shane Doan and Roberto Longo.

“Men nowadays seem really comfortable with that,” Yandel said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to earn enough money that we don’t worry too much about it. I guess…the mental side of it, finding your way in life and what you’re going to do. For me, it’s focusing on the next chapter, being a good family man. I think most things What guys tell me is Once you know, your body tells you it’s time to shut down, it’s time. For me, this summer I had no interest in working out. That’s it, it’s not worth fighting for, trying to spend another year. I’m comfortable more. “

Yandel played his record 965-game winning streak at the New York Islanders on January 25. Doug Jarvis set the record 964 in a row.

“It’s love for the game and for fun,” Yandel said at the time. “At the end of the day, we play the game we all dreamed of playing growing up.”

Video: PHI @ NYI: Yandel skates in his 965th straight game

Vegas Golden Nights forward Phil Kessel It is second only to Yandle with 982 consecutive matches.

Selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round (#105) of the 2005 NHL Draft, Yandle has 619 points (103 goals, 516 assists) in 1,109 games with the Coyotes, New York Rangers, Florida Panters and Flyers. He also had 36 points (six goals, 30 assists) in 58 Stanley Cup games.

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

Yandle scored no less than 10 goals in one season four times and played in the NHL All-Star Game three times (2011, 2012, 2019). As much as he accomplished on the ice, many of his colleagues cited Yandle for his energy, work ethic, and what he brought to the locker room.

“He’s one of your teammates you’ll remember forever,” Flyers Forward Joel Farabi He said. “I don’t think there are enough good things to say about him… He is the most humble, kind guy who loves the game so much.

“Having the honor of playing with him for one season is something I will remember. He is one of the best players ever and I wish him well with everything that has happened in his life after his career is over.”

center Kevin HayesHe, who has played with Yandel in New York and Philadelphia, said, “He’s one of my favorite teammates I’ve ever played with. He’s a solid human who understands what hard work is and is just a steady human on and off the ice. You know exactly what you’re going to get from him.”

Also on Tuesday, DF Zdeno CharaThe 45-year-old has announced that he will sign a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins and Retiring after 24 seasons and defenseman in PK Sub33, Retired after 13 NHL seasons.