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Keith Yandle Playing in 1,000th NHL Game Tonight at Carolina

Panthers will honor Yandle in pregame ceremony on Saturday, March 13 vs. Chicago Blackhawks

by Florida Panthers / @FlaPanthers /

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle is playing in his 1,000th National Hockey League game tonight in Florida's matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

Yandle, 34, becomes the 352nd player to play in 1,000 NHL games. The native of Boston, Mass., also becomes the 116th defenseman, the 52nd U.S.-born player and the 19th U.S.-born defenseman to reach the 1,000 games played milestone.

He is the 12th player to reach 1,000 games while playing for the Panthers, joining Greg Adams, Brian Campbell, Radek Dvorak, Mike Foligno, Chris Gratton, Roberto Luongo, Bryan McCabe, Scott Mellanby, Kirk Muller, Lyle Odelein and Cory Stillman.

Originally selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft, Yandle is the fifth player and second defenseman from the 2005 Draft class to reach 1,000 games.

Through his 1,000 games, Yandle has played 558 games for the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes (2006-07 to 2014-15), 103 games for the New York Rangers (2014-15 to 2015-16) and 339 games for the Florida Panthers (2016-17 to 2020-21), recording 589 points (102-487-589). He has also played in 55 career playoff games, recording 34 points (6-28-34).

A three-time NHL All-Star (2011, 2012, 2019), Yandle ranks eighth in assists (487) and 10th in points (589) all-time among U.S.-born defensemen. Since entering the NHL in 2006-07, Yandle's 275 power play points rank as the most among NHL defensemen.

Also playing in his 890th consecutive NHL game tonight, Yandle owns the League's longest active consecutive games played "Ironman" streak. His 890 games stand as the third-longest consecutive games played streak in NHL history, and the longest by a defenseman. His streak began on March 26, 2009 while playing for Phoenix. Yandle has appeared in 24 games with Florida this season, registering 16 points (3-13-16) and leads all Panthers defensemen with 13 assists and 11 power-play points.

The Panthers will honor Yandle's milestone accomplishment in a pregame ceremony on Saturday, March 13, prior to Florida's 7 p.m. game against the Chicago Blackhawks at BB&T Center. The eight-minute pre-game ceremony will look back at Yandle's career and feature an on-ice presentation and videos. The Panthers are welcoming a limited number of fans to the WELL-certified BB&T Center this season. All fans in attendance on March 13 will receive a poster commemorating Yandle's 1,000th game milestone.

Book a private tour of BB&T Center and learn how you can join Panthers Territory today! The Florida Panthers return home from the road to get set for a four-game homestand against the Chicago Blackhawks (March 13, March 15) and the Nashville Predators (March 18, March 20). Click here or call 954-835-PUCK for more information.

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