Inaccuracies in the NHL record? Henri Richard's phantom game
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07-13-2012, 04:12 AM
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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
You are referring to the definition as it evolved during the Ron Andrews era. Up thread there are pre Ron Andrews examples.
The main impetus for the trend was the rule mandating NHL teams dress two goalies for each game. Once it became evident how the two goalies were used, the stat keeping had to be adjusted accordingly.
Domino effect to skaters followed.
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