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NHL's Active Ironman Leader To Play In Switzerland As He Eyes NHL Return

Published December 16, 2023 at 7:29 PM

As most hockey fans know, an ironman streak refers to the number of games a player has played in consecutively without missing a single one. Although he has yet to play in the league this year, Phil Kessel is technically still the leading active ironman since he has not signed a contract this season, but he remains active. Now he is getting creative in his effort to rejoin the NHL.

Kessel To Sign In Switzerland, Hoping For NHL Contract This Season

Reports have consistently indicated that the 36-year-old center is still hoping to play in the NHL again. However, new reports now suggest that he may take some time to build his game back up in the Swiss pro league as a way to entice NHL teams to offer him a deal.

Free-agent Phil Kessel still awaiting an NHL opportunity and that door hasn't closed. But in the meantime, hearing that he's looking into maybe playing some games in Swiss League. Nothing decided yet.

At this point, it seems like Kessel is willing to try anything in an effort to get an NHL contract. The veteran center has already indicated that he's willing to end his ironman streak in order to sign with a team. At this point in his career, such a move would be essential in getting a deal done.

In today's Screen Shots, Adam Proteau discusses:
- Why the Toronto Maple Leafs extending Sheldon Keefe doesn't lessen the pressure
- Phil Kessel willing to sacrifice his ironman streak
- Canada's Jr. A leagues implementing full face shield requirements

While Kessel's 1064 consecutive games played is an incredible feat, he is also very close to another major milestone in his career. He is just 8 points shy of hitting 1000, something that is very doable for him if he signs with an NHL club this year. He should not need too many games to get those eight points. Regardless though, it remains unclear whether or not he will get the opportunity.
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