January 25 – Comparing the Iron Men & Brad Marchand Trivia

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WOMEN BELONG IN SPORTS: The Vancouver Canucks announced the hiring of 37-year-old Emilie Castonguay as their new assistant general manager. She is the first woman in NHL history to earn this prominent title. Previously, she was a certified agent at Momentum Hockey where she again broke the barrier to become the first woman NHL Players’ Association certified agent in Canada.

FLAILING FLYERS: Although Keith Yandle’s historic streak continued Monday night (more on that later), so did the Philadelphia Flyers’ losing skid. They lost 3-1 to the Dallas Stars at home, dropping their 12th straight game. They are now 13-21-8 on the season.

PENGUINS LOSE BLUEGER: The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost another player to injury. Forward Teddy Blueger will be out 6-8 weeks after having surgery to repair a fractured jaw. The injury occurred when he was hit by defenseman Brenden Dillon. This season, he has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 40 games.

Trivia Tuesday

Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

How well do you know Brad Marchand?

1) How many seasons did he play for the Providence Bruins?

A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4

2)  For the past three seasons, Marchand finished in the top 10 for which NHL award?

A. Hart Memorial Trophy
B. King Clancy Trophy
C. Selke Trophy
D. Ted Lindsay Award

3) In what season did Marchand reach 100 points?

A. 2019-20
B. 2016-17
C. 2017-18
D. 2018-19

Answers can be found at the bottom of the email.

Passing the NHL Iron Man Crown

Last night, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle played in his 964th consecutive regular-season game, tying Doug Jarvis’ NHL record. When the 35-year-old takes the ice against the New York Islanders tonight at UBS Arena, he’ll stand alone as the league’s new iron man. To commemorate the milestone, let’s compare and contrast Yandle and Jarvis.

A Tale of Two Streaks

From his NHL debut on Oct. 8, 1975, until Dec. 26, 1986, midway through his last full season, Jarvis did not miss a single game. The center played 964 total games in his career from 1975 to 1987. He played 11 80-game seasons and played in 82 games in 1985-86 because of a mid-season trade from the Washington Capitals to the Hartford Whalers.

Yandle made his debut on Oct. 11, 2006, but his streak started on March 9, 2009. He has already appeared in more games (1,074) than Jarvis did his entire career. He has played eight 82-game seasons and three full seasons that were fewer than 82 games due to a lockout or pandemic. Similar to Jarvis, he has also had one season (2014-15) in which he was traded and finished with two bonus games played.

Yandle More Well-Traveled

Jarvis was drafted 24th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1975 NHL Draft but was traded almost immediately to Montreal. He played his first seven seasons with the Canadiens. He went to Washington prior to the 1982-83 season and remained into the 1985-86 season when he was traded to Hartford. He played 57 games with the Whalers that season and then played 80 games with them in each of the next three seasons.

Keith Yandle (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Yandle was selected 105th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes 30 years after Jarvis was drafted. He played for Phoenix from 2006 through 2014. After the team changed its name to the Arizona Coyotes prior to the 2014-15 season, he played 63 games for them before being traded to the New York Rangers. He finished the season in New York and played one more season with the Rangers. He then went to Florida, playing five seasons with the Panthers before being bought out on July 15, 2021. He signed with the Flyers on July 28.

Jarvis More Decorated

Jarvis, a part of the powerhouse Canadiens during the 1970s and ’80s when the NHL consisted of between 18 and 21 teams, has a more crowded trophy case than Yandle, who was drafted two rounds later and has played in a significantly larger league.

Doug Jarvis (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Jarvis was a part of a Montreal squad that won four straight Stanley Cups from 1975 to 1979. He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward in 1983-84 with the Capitals and the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in 1986-87 with the Whalers. Yandle hasn’t won an award in the NHL but has been named an All-Star three times (2011, 2012, 2019).

Getting to Know: Émilie Castonguay

Exactly one week ago, The Hockey News broke down 20 candidates who could make history as the first female general manager in the NHL. The top name on that list: Émilie Castonguay.

If you didn’t know her then, you likely have heard the name now, after the Quebec native became the first woman in Vancouver Canucks’ franchise history to be hired as assistant general manager under team president and interim GM Jim Rutherford. Recently discussed as a serious candidate for the Montreal Canadiens’ GM opening, Castonguay is clearly on a trail-blazing trajectory. So, who is she?

Certified Player Agent

Much like the Habs’ eventual GM hire Kent Hughes, Castonguay has taken a player agent path to the executive ranks. The first female NHLPA-certified agent boasted an impressive client list that included the likes of 2020 first overall pick Alexis Lafrenière, Cédric Paquette, Antoine Roussel and women’s hockey superstar Marie-Philip Poulin as part of the Momentum Hockey agency.

Law Background

Castonguay’s deep understanding of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and player contracts was honed as an agent but borne out of her legal background. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Niagara University and later earned her law degree from l’Université de Montréal. While at Momentum Hockey, she rose through the ranks to become the Director of Legal Affairs and Hockey Operations.

She Can Play, Too

Lest anyone think Castonguay is just a number cruncher without a feel for the game, she forged a four-year NCAA career with the Niagara University Purple Eagles. A bottom-six winger, what she lacked in natural talent (just five goals in 121 career games) the two-year team captain made up for in leadership and overall character.

Meant to Be?

Okay, here’s where it gets really crazy. While she has no specific connection to the Vancouver area, her arrival out west is anything but random. Inspired by her final conversation with her late older sister in which she suggested that Castonguay would one day become Canucks GM, the rising hockey exec wrote “38 Van” on her vision board to represent the goal of working in the city by age 38. She turns 38 in another month and a half.

Trivia Answers

1. B – 2
2. A – Hart Memorial Trophy
3. D – 2018-19

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