Kessel, 35, who will surpass Keith Yandle, played for five teams during his 16-year NHL career. He won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh penguins.
Here are the players who own the nickname ironperson in all sports.
Iron Man: Cal Ripken Jr.
Streak: 2,632 games played
Who he surpassed: Lou Gehrig (2,130 games)
Ripken’s pursuit of Gehrig’s mark is considered the gold standard for these records as it required that Ripken never take a day off for a long trip, or for a day game after a night game or, you know, just to take a break. Ripken, who has played his entire career with the Baltimore Oriolescontested over 8,200 rounds.
A person born on the day the streak began in 1982 could have been a licensed driver in most states when it ended in 1998.
Iron Man: AC Green
Streak: 1,192 games played
Who he surpassed: Randy Smith (906 games)
With the 1980s Los Angeles LakersGreen was the team’s leading rebounder – leading the Lakers in the boards for six of his eight seasons in Los Angeles. He won three NBA championships with the Lakers and also played for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and miami heat.
Green’s streak, which began in 1986 and lasted until 2001, spanned parts of four different presidential administrations.
iron woman: A’ja Wilson
Streak: 98 games and counting
Wilson has played pretty much non-stop since entering the league with the Las Vegas Aces in 2018. During that span, she has won two MVPs, played in four WNBA All-Star Games and won the 2022 WNBA title.
This number only counts WNBA games. Wilson played one season with the Shaanxi Red Wolves (China). She has also participated in two FIBA World Cups and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, winning gold medals in all three events.
Iron Man: Brett Favre
Streak: 299 games and 297 consecutive starts.
Punter Jeff Feagles has played more games (352), but Favre is recognized as the NFL’s ironman. Favre, who started with the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikingsis one of four QBs to start 200 or more consecutive games.
During the 297 starts, Favre played with a variety of injuries, such as separated shoulders, sprained ankles, tendonitis and broken bones. He kept the streak alive by playing a day after his father died. In that game, he threw four touchdown passes in the first half.
Someone close? This record is one of the few for QBs not belonging to Tom Brady. However, Brady is the active leader for consecutive QBs at 93. For non-quarterbacks, long snapper JJ Jansenwho is 36 years old, has played 216 consecutive matches.