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Flames’ Bouwmeester to break dubious mark tonight

Feb 26, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

Jay Bouwmeester #4 of the Calgary Flames during NHL action on December 04, 2011 against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
(December 3, 2011 - Source: Rich Lam/Getty Images North America Getty Images

It’ll be a bittersweet moment for Jay Bouwmeester tonight when his Flames take on the Wild in Minnesota.

Sweet, because it’ll be the 735th game of his career, an impressive total for a 29-year-old that also happens to be the NHL’s reigning iron man.

But also bitter, as he’s set to break a pretty infamous record.

Bouwmeester’s 735th game will eclipse the mark of most games played without a postseason appearance, formerly held by Guy Charron, who played his entire career — 734 games, from 1969-81 — without making the playoffs.

The mark was once held by Bouwmeester’s ex-Panthers and Flames teammate Olli Jokinen, who played 799 regular-season games before making the playoffs in 2009 with Calgary.

That was, of course, the year before the Flames acquired Bouwmeester.

Since then, it’s been straight futility.

Calgary and Jay-Bo have been close to the postseason since, securing at least 90 points in each of the last three seasons.

Though it’s early, this year is shaping up to be more of the same.

Calgary again finds itself right in the thick of the playoff picture — just three points back of eighth place — but has revealed some critical flaws that could once again keep it out of the postseason.

The Flames allowed the most goals in the Western Conference thus far (59) and have only won three of nine at the Saddledome.

  1. davebabychreturns - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    If he makes it to 1000 the Flames will hold a special ceremony before one of their games and present him with a stick made completely of Jello..

  2. faceoff77 - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I know what you are trying to say but Jokinen’s 799 is more than 735 so how can it be a record?

    • Mike Halford - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Once Jokinen played in a playoff game, he could no longer hold the mark. It went back to Charron, but will be Bouwmeester’s tonight. If Jay-Bo ever goes to the playoffs, the mark goes back to Charron.

      • faceoff77 - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        There needs to be a record “Most games from start of career before appearing in playoffs”. That would be the record. That guy has it until someone else beats him.

      • manchestermiracle - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        Wouldn’t that make it two different records? Most Played before getting into the playoffs and Most Played without ever getting into the playoffs? Personally, I find keeping track of such records rather ludicrous.

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