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Monday, November 24, 2014

Blues Injury Update: Bouwmeester ends longest active consecutive game streak, out with lower-body injury

By on 11/24/2014 01:14:00 AM

Jay Bouwmeester has played in 737 consecutive games in the NHL. It is the longest active “Ironman” streak in the NHL and according to the St. Louis Blues, the longest in all of professional sports. It it came to an end on Sunday, according to NBC Sports' Pro Hockey Talk.

After sustaining a lower-body injury Saturday against the Ottawa Senators, Bouwmeester did not take the warmup and missed Sunday's contest against the Winnipeg Jets.

He has played in every game possible since March 6, 2004, when the longtime NHL defenseman was with the Florida Panthers. Bouwmeester only played in 47 games in the 48-game lockout shortened season in 2012-13, but that was because he was traded in season and the Blues did not have enough games to play the full 48.

Bouwmeester has appeared in all 82 games in all but one full season, that 2003-04 campaign with Florida.

The 31-year-old's Ironman streak is impressive on its own, but considering it came in the rough-and-tumble NHL where seemingly no one is safe from injury, it's incredible. There's obviously a bit of luck that comes with being able to play so much for so long, but who knows how often Bouwmeester was playing through pain and injuries.

It's unfortunate to see it come to an end, but eventually a player's luck has to run out.
Over 866 career NHL games, which spans stints with Florida, the Calgary Flames and Blues, Bouwmeester has put up 346 points. He has also averaged 25:05 of ice time per game over his career, making the streak that much more amazing.

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