After 16 seasons, Keith Yandle, the NHL player with the most straight games played, announces his retirement.

After 16 seasons, Keith Yandle, who in January established the NHL record for consecutive games played, announced his retirement. On Tuesday’s episode of the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast, the seasoned defenseman announced the news.

It’s something I’ve been thinking about for the past year, Yandle added. When it is all you have ever known, giving up on it or declaring an end to it can be frightening. You are concerned about your course of action. You’re getting ready for training camp, especially at this time of year.

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve been comfortable with it. cherished the time spent with the family. For the most part, I feel pretty comfortable with it and am eager to read the next chapter.

Yandle participated in 965 consecutive games before breaking Doug Jarvis’ record on January 25, 2022. On April 2, when the Philadelphia Flyers classified him as a healthy scratch, the veteran defenseman’s streak did end after 989 games. Previously, Yandle’s “Iron Man” contract ran from March 26, 2009 through March 29, 2022.

With 982 games played, Phil Kessel of the Vegas Golden Knights is now second on the list behind Yandle.

Yandle amassed 619 points (103 goals and 516 assists) throughout the course of his 16-year NHL career while playing for the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes, and Philadelphia Flyers. He began his professional career with the Coyotes, who took him in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft. He played for them for his first eight seasons.

His greatest season was the 2018–19 season with the Rangers, when Yandle recorded a career-high 62 points (nine goals and 53 assists). Yandle also had at least 50 points in each of his first five NHL campaigns.

In July 2021, the three-time All-Star signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Flyers, where he played his final NHL season. In 77 games for the Flyers last year, Yandle collected 19 points (one goal and 18 assists).