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Skrastins Ties Horton's Ironman Mark

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
Karlis Skrastins appeared in his 486th consecutive game on Tuesday night, tying the NHL record for consecutive games played by a defenseman.

He equaled the mark set by Tim Horton with the Maple Leafs from Feb. 11, 1961 to Feb. 4, 1968.Skrastins is scheduled to break the record on Thursday night against the Atlanta Thrashers at Pepsi Center.

"It means a lot to me," Skrastins said after the game."It's one of those things that I can be proud of about myself. I'm not a big goal scorer or I'm not getting a lot of points. It's one of those things that will stay in your memory for all of your life. Right now, I need to keep focusing on the game and keep my motivation on the game. When I'm done with hockey, these are going to be good memories for sure."

Skrastins, who began his streak Feb. 21, 2000 as a rookie with the Nashville Predators in a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars, appeared in each of the final 23 games with the Predators in 1999-00. He played all 82 games with Nashville each season from 2000-01 through 2002-03; in all 82 games with the Colorado Avalanche each season from 2003-04 through 2005-06, and has played in all 53 contests with the Avalanche this season.


CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED BY A DEFENSEMAN, NHL HISTORY

Defenseman
Club(s)
Games
First Game/Last Game
Tim Horton
Toronto
486
Feb. 11, 1961 to Feb. 4, 1968
Karlis Skrastins
Nsh, Col
486
Feb. 21, 2000 to Feb. 4, 2007
Kevin Lowe
Edmonton
420
Jan. 28, 1981 to March 7, 1986
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