When it comes to forward thinking, Keith Yandle is definitely a person who begs for forgiveness rather than permission.
Even if he knew a promise a few weeks in advance, he was notorious for not letting people know it until the last minute, which sometimes made him very popular at the table. For the past five years, his wife has been trying to get him to use the calendar on his mobile phone, but her efforts in this regard have failed. This is just one of many ways Yandle scrolls. “Even when I was a child, if I knew that I was going to spend the night a week in advance, I would tell my parents about it the night before,” he said. “Even for trivial things like kids taking piano lessons. I would rather know that morning than the week before, and figure it out when it arrives. I always live only one day at a time, and it looks pretty good.”
So it is safe to say that Yandle did not circle his calendar on January 18, 2022 for the Philadelphia Flyers vs. Detroit Red Wings home game. Or enter his cell phone for this. It was Yandle that night. If he wears in every game of the first 42 trapeze teams this season, he will become the triathlon in NHL history, his 965th consecutive game and break the record that Doug Jarvis has maintained for nearly 35 years. .
This will be a victory on many levels, the most important of which is to verify Yandle’s attitude towards his career, which stems from his love of life. Go to work today, do your best, take an ice bath, drink a glass of Scotch, and then do it again tomorrow. The last time Yandle watched his team play a game (regular season) in the press box, he was injured by Wayne Gretzky (Wayne Gretzky), so, like, he was very satisfied with him. Since March 26, 2009, the day he returned to the Phoenix Coyote lineup, there have been some critical moments, the most dangerous of which occurred last season, when the Florida Panthers offered to let him quit. The idea of the opening night lineup, if he did not give up his inaction clause. This strategy proved it when Yandle made it to Florida’s top team in their first game.
As he has done throughout his career, Yandle performed well in the first game and maintained his winning streak in the next 55 games, then the Panthers bought him in the offseason Off. The Flyers wanted to refurbish their National Defense Forces, and soon signed the 35-year-old player for $900,000 a year. “Everything went well,” Yandel said. “And there is no uncomfortable feeling there.”
Now close your eyes and say the following: Bud Yandle. If you didn’t imagine a working-class guy in Boston driving from midnight to 9 am, using a FedEx truck to deliver to New Jersey, and then coming back every day for more than 30 years without complaining, you are not working hard enough. It was driving a dual tractor trailer for nine hours a day, with nothing but his lunch and a cassette tape. Yandle’s mother Patti showed the same consistency and dedication as the FedEx dispatcher, and despite suffering from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, she was willing to work later in her career. She just retired after 40 years and was one of the company’s first employees. They are the ones who set up templates for their sons.
Keith got more than just professional ethics from his father. Yandle is considered to be one of the most interesting players in the NHL, he can use the legendary single-line player visceral teammates and friends-of course, this is the most beloved way. He remembers teammate Shane Doan telling him early in his career that being a good guy requires much less energy than being a bad guy. “Whenever (Doan) says something, I always listen to what he says,” Yandle said, “unless it’s about how to dress. His Wrangler jeans…” Yandle remembers that there were a few times when he was a teenager. A rising star, a college course coach called his family to try to set up a recruitment conference. “I think Coach Harvard and Coach Brown used to call and (my father) said,’If my child can spell out your school, I will send him there,'” he said. “If you want to talk to (Bad), you’d better play for about 45 minutes, because he can talk. He can talk underwater.”
Yandle is always amazed at the energy level and resilience his parents showed during his growth. When Bard was not driving a FedEx truck, he worked in other jobs in suburban Boston and coached high school hockey, while his mother worked full-time and ran a busy family with three noisy children.
“Fortunately, my mother is the kind of person who can make chicken soup with chicken essence. It is unbelievable that we eat any meal we eat in the house. This is because we never felt that we had no one else. It’s one of the things, but sometimes we grind it up without hot water. But everything is fine.”
Indeed everything is fine. In his career, so far, after paying or accepting countless dollars or so, Yandle has reduced his income by slightly more than $63 million. When he left the Panthers in the summer, he sold the Fort Lauderdale house for $6 million, which was about $1.5 million higher than the price paid five years ago. But it does have elevators, putting greens and 6.5 bathrooms. In an era where long-term health is more challenging than ever, when you become the most durable player in the NHL, you will be paid. It’s even better if you don’t just go to work every day, but make contributions.
Since Jandel became a full-time NHL regular in the 2008-09 season, only Patrick Marlowe and Andrew Cogliano, two owners with their own long-term triathlon records, have played more games. But as an offensive producer, he is also very stable. Among the blue line players, only Brent Burns and Eric Carlson scored more points than Jandel during that time. If you take the three seasons that Yandle was cut off in 82 games-2012-13 due to the suspension and the past two seasons due to the pandemic-proportionally-he scored at least 40 points for 12 consecutive seasons.
Did you know that among the defenders, Yandle is nearly 200 games behind the next player on the Ironman roster (Jay Bouwmeester 737)? However, there are also some adventurous moments.
Back in 2016, Yandle hit the foot with a shot from Aaron Ekblad in the 577th consecutive game and left the game less than 5 minutes later. Gentleman Tom Rowe, who coached the Panthers at the time, believed that Jandel would be out for “a period of time.” Well, it turned out that there was a period of less than 24 hours, because Yandle appeared in the Panthers lineup the next night, thus depriving Dylan McIlrath of the opportunity to make an impact. Although he played well in three of the six games between the Panthers and the Tampa Bay Chargers in the playoffs last season, his consecutive hits remain official.
“Even if I don’t feel well, I will try to convince myself that I feel good,” Yandle said. “There must be times when the trainer will say,’Ah, if you sit down, maybe it will be better.’ Honestly, many of them are serious fears of missing out, FOMO. Even trivial things like eating out on the road. If You are injured, you missed the road trip, you may miss some interesting things. My FOMO may also be related to this.”
Jandel wanted to make it clear that after being bought out by the Panthers and looking for a new team, the triathlon did not even appear. He never asked the Flyers to guarantee that he would participate in every game.
So it can end at any time. But this may not be because even at 35 years old, Yandle is very much among the top six guards of the Flyers. If he plays 82 games this season, Jandel will become the first player in NHL history to play 1,000 games in a row and end the 2021-22 season with 1,004 games. It will be interesting to see how all this progresses, especially as Phil Kessel entered this season with his own 900 triathlon record. Jandel signed a one-year contract in Philadelphia, and Kessel signed the final year of the contract in Arizona. “I am a person who wants to earn everything I get, not anything,” Yandle said. “This is my way.”
This article originally appeared on Hockey News Number issues.