We're willing to bet most hockey fans had no idea Jay Bouwmeester owned a statistic that put players in all four major North American sports to shame.
That stat came to an end on Sunday, as an injury made the St. Louis Blues defenseman miss his first NHL game since March 6, 2004. Bouwmeester's streak of 737 consecutive games played was the longest active Iron Man streak in pro sports.
Yes, you read that right. Bouwmeester hadn't missed a single game in over TEN YEARS. Considering Bouwmeester spent a lot of that time playing huge minutes for the Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames, that's an incredible amount of time playing hockey without getting injured.
Amazingly, Bouwmeester's 737-game Iron Man streak is only good enough for fifth-longest all time in the NHL. Only Doug Jarvis (964), Garry Unger (914), Steve Larmer (884) and Craig Ramsay (776) played more consecutive games than Bouwmeester.
Congratulations are in order for the Anaheim Ducks' Andrew Cogliano, who now leads the NHL with 562 straight games played.