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07-13-2012, 03:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Stats are generated from the official game sheets. Hypothetical situation - if Richard skated in the warm-up and appears on the game sheet, sits on the bench but does not play he might be described as missing the game but would be included as a skater who was eligible to play.

pretty much this.A player needs to play one second of a game to get credited with ice time to play in the game. One of the most famous benchings was of Gerry Unger when the coach had him sit on the bench for the entire game and that is how his consecutive game streak ended with the Flames. He is listed at playing 79games, but was dressed for all 80

In the course of the streak, Unger was traded four times. Unger was part of a package sent to the Red Wings less than two weeks after the streak began. The Red Wings, in turn, moved Unger to the St. Louis Blues in the 1970-71 season, and it was with the Blues that he broke Andy Hebenton's iron-man record on March 10, 1976 in Toronto. Garry Unger moved on to the Atlanta Flames in 1979. On December 22, 1979, Flames coach Al MacNeil finally benched Unger, ending the streak at 914 consecutive game

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