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Know Your Canucks Foe: Keith Yandle, The NHL’s Iron Man

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The NHL's current Iron Man, Keith Yandle of the Flyers, speaks before tonight's game against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Vancouver Canucks host the Philadelphia Flyers this evening (Thursday), a team they beat in a shoot-out 5-4 back on October 15th. The Vancouver Canucks blew a two-goal lead in the third period but then after overtime swept through a quick two-round shoot-out with goals from Elias Pettersson and JT Miller. Thatcher Demko stoned Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier for the win.

Defenceman Keith Yandle is in his 15th NHL season, signing this summer with the Flyers as a free agent after five years with the Florida Panthers. He’s a Boston area kid, he’s 35 now, who was close to the late Jimmy Hayes, the NHLer who passed away from a drug overdose this summer. Yandle lives with Jimmy’s brother Kevin, a fellow Flyer.

The big story for Yandle personally and for the league this season is his iron man streak. Vancouver Canucks senior advisor Doug Jarvis is the record holder at 964 consecutive NHL games played. Yandle has the highest active streak at the moment, this will be game 928, and he should pass Jarvis on January 18th against the New York Islanders.

Yandle talks about all of the aforementioned plus the match-up with the Vancouver Canucks.

Know Your Foe audio – “Simmer’s Vancouver Canucks Pregame Skate” recorded this afternoon: Running time 3:36

VHN Managing Editor Rob Simpson has been covering the NHL for three decades on live TV, radio, and as a journalist. He worked his first ever game getting postgame sound as a teenager; it was Vancouver vs. Detroit.

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