Records are so weird. They often seem like they’ll never be beaten, and then you have three guys beat one in a season. Or maybe that’s just baseball. But Terry Sawchuk’s 971 games in goal, the NHL record? That’s tough. It’s tough for any player to get 971 games in the NHL. But 971 is amazing. Patrick Roy tied that record last night, as Colorado tied Edmonton. Roy will probably break the NHL games-in-goal record on Thursday.
Ironman records like this are so impressive. So many factors change to make goals and assists and saves easier. But to be a vital part of the NHL for 17 years is always going to be admirable.