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Flames’ Bouwmeester closing in on dubious distinction

Apr 5, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

Jay Bouwmeester AP

In one of the weirder juxtapositions of the year, Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester holds one impressive record…and an equally unimpressive one.

The good? Jay-Bo is currently the NHL’s leading “iron man”, having played 586 consecutive games.

The bad? Jay-Bo is currently the NHL’s leading “no playoffs man”, having played 715 games…without making the postseason.

More, from the Calgary Herald:

With 715 games on his NHL resume — the last 586 in a row — the Calgary Flames defenceman is on a collision course with Olli Jokinen’s NHL record for most games without playoff action (799.)

And rest assured, Bouwmeester is hearing about it.

“He’s a proud athlete in the way he comes to work every day,” says associate head coach Craig Hartsburg. “You can see it in his eyes and his intensity. I’m sure it’s tough on him.”

As mentioned, Jokinen holds the modern-day record for games without playoff action — but at least he eventually got there in 2009, with the Flames. That’s a far better fate than former Detroit/Washington center Guy Charron (734 career games, never made the playoffs) or Columbus winger David Vyborny (543, never made it either.)

But back to Bouwmeester. Since he’ll miss the playoffs again this year, he’ll have to wait at least another 82 regular season games before breaking his record. And assuming plays Calgary’s final two games this year and continues his iron man streak next season, he’ll be looking at 799 games without making the playoffs — the exact same number as Jokinen.

Eerie.

  1. lolnowhy - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    worth every penny of that 6.6 million dollar contract

  2. bcisleman - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    He probably thought he was screwing the Cats when he bolted to Calgary. Turns out he screwed himself.

  3. brian32556 - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    If they trade him mid-season next year to a team that has played less games to date, he could break the record before the season ends. Wouldn’t that be something to look forward too!

    • govtminion - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      “Jay, we’ve traded you to Columbus.”

      • brian32556 - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        Wouldn’t that be a kick in the pants LOL

  4. esracerx46 - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    How is 715 games without playoffs or 799 “far better” than 734 or 543 games played?

    • Mike Halford - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      “Jokinen holds the modern-day record for games without playoff action — but at least he eventually got there in 2009, with the Flames. That’s a far better fate than former Detroit/Washington center Guy Charron (734 career games, never made the playoffs) or Columbus winger David Vyborny (543, never made it either.)”

      The ‘far better fate’ is that Jokinen got to the playoffs eventually, whereas Charron and Vyborny never did.

  5. dougr42 - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    I forgot he existed. Snore.

  6. haterzgonahate - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    what this story doesn’t tell you, is that this playoff drought goes back well into his minor hockey/ junior days. it’s ridiculous and hilarious all at the same time. cursed much?

    he should have to forfit the current iron man record considering runner up Henrik Sedin has played in the post season almost his entire career… factor those games in and he’s the leader by a large margin.

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