Skrastins Breaks Ironman Mark For Defensemen
Skrastins' streak began on Feb. 21, 2000 against Dallas when he was a member of the Nashville Predators. He played in the final 23 games of that year, all 82 games in each of the next five seasons and every Avalanche contest (54) so far in 2006-07. The last time Skrastins missed a game was Feb. 18, 2000.
"This is a very special achievement that clearly demonstrates a great deal of commitment and determination to both the Avalanche organization and the game of hockey," said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. "To be able to play in 487 consecutive games, especially the way he plays the game, is a remarkable feat that no other defenseman in the history of the game has matched. He truly deserves this special recognition."
Horton's previous record of 486 games was established from Feb. 11, 1961 to Feb. 4, 1968. The overall NHL record for consecutive games played at any position is 964 set by Doug Jarvis over 13 seasons from 1975 to 1987.