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Grand moments

October 8th, 1975
JARVIS THE IRON MAN
Taking his first strides on NHL ice, rookie Doug Jarvis suited up against the Los Angeles Kings to open the 1975-76 schedule, picking up a pair of assists in the Canadiens’ 9-0 triumph on October 8, 1975.

The game would later to prove to be significant as it was the first of 964 consecutive NHL contests that would feature Jarvis, the league’s undisputed Iron Man, in the starting line-up.

From 1975 to 1987, Jarvis played in every one of his team’s regular season games. The first 580 were spent with the Canadiens, establishing a team record for durability. A trade took Jarvis and his streak to Washington in 1982-83 and then on to Hartford, where in a game against Montreal on December 26, 1986, he overtook Gary Unger’s 914 consecutive games run, until then the NHL’s longest ever.