Jay Bouwmeester participated in his 700th consecutive regular-season game on Tuesday night. That’s a towering and outrageous number in a league where players are one blocked shot or high stick away from missing even a single game. It’s not uncommon to see a defenseman take a slapper off the inside of their boot and then miss a contest or two because of swelling.
Aside from avoiding physical injuries, Bouwmeester has somehow managed to avoid even the simple flu bug that can bench players for a few games. He last missed a game back in 2004—18 contests with a broken foot while skating with the Florida Panthers.
Yeah! by Lil Jon, Usher and Ludacris was the top song that year. Shrek 2, Spider-man 2 and The Passion of the Christ were the top-grossing films. Yes, it was a long time ago.
Not only is Bouwmeester the NHL’s top iron man. No one is professional sports can claim to have a 700 regular-season game streak to their name either.
— Pete Jensen (@NHLJensen) March 12, 2014
It’d be impossible for an NFL player to catch up with the Blues defender, but NBA players compete in the exact same number of games as NHL players, and the MLB season is 162 contests long. Yet Bouwmeester stands alone among modern-day athletes.