Jay Bouwmeester D STL Dec 31 '77

Jay Bouwmeester will play in his 581st consecutive game on Thursday.

Barring something unforeseen happening, that will give Bouwmeester sole possession of sixth place in the NHL's all-time list of ironman streaks. He has four goals and 25 points in 74 games this season.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Dec 15 '77

Jay Bouwmeester hasn't missed an NHL game in eight years.

Bouwmeester returned from a foot injury on March 6, 2004 and hasn't been sidelined or scratched since. His iron man streak is up to 572 straight contests, which is the NHL record for a blueliner and the eighth longest overall in the history of the league. What's just as impressive is how much ice time he gets despite the fact that he never takes a game off. He ranks fifth in the league with 1,714:57 total minutes of playing time this season.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Dec 14 '77

Jay Bouwmeester registered his 20th assist of the season on Sunday.

Bouwmeester has matched his 2010-11 total of 24 points with a month to spare. Unfortunately, his minus-13 rating is also in a three-way tie for the second worst plus/minus rating on the Flames.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Nov 05 '77

Going into the All-Star break, Jay Bouwmeester's iron man streak sits at 556.

No blueliner in the history of the NHL has played in more games without missing a contest. What makes his streak even more impressive is that Bouwmeester hasn't just been playing in every game, he's been getting a ton of minutes in every game he plays. He's averaging 26:03 minutes per game and leads the NHL with 1,302:49 total minutes on the ice this season. Bouwmeester has more than earned some time off during the All-Star break.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Nov 03 '77

Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who had back-to-back 15 goal seasons with the Florida Panthers,is starting to resemble his old self.

Entering January, Bouwmeester had only nine goals in a little more than 2.5 seasons with Calgary. In his past seven games, however, he has produced two goals and seven points. Flames head coach Brent Sutter believes the recent offensive production is the result of the 28-year-old from Edmonton looking to be a bigger part of the attack. "I like his engagement in the offensive zone. He's using his skating ability offensively," Sutter said. "He is jumping up into the rush. He's getting more shots on net, hitting the net more. On the powerplay, he's jumping in toward the net. We want him to do those things and want him to be more active." "It's not he wasn't doing it before, he's now being rewarded for it."

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Oct 21 '77

Jay Bouwmeester scored his second goal of the season on Tuesday.

Bouwmeester had back-to-back 15 goal seasons with the Florida Panthers, but he has just nine goals in a little over two-and-a-half season with Calgary. Bouwmeester's shooting percentage has dropped from it's high of .082 in his final two seasons with Florida, to just .029 as a member of the Calgary Flames. Bouwmeester also registered an assist on Tuesday, giving him 17 points this season.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Oct 06 '77

Workhorse defenseman Jay Bouwmeester continues to stretch his league-leading ironman streak.

When he and the Calgary Flames meet the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night, it will be Bouwmeester's 543rd consecutive start, dating back to the 2003-04 season.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Sep 13 '77

Jay Bouwmeester was outstanding on the Flames' penalty-killing unit Saturday night against the Oilers.

He played an incredible 10:10 on the PK and was a key figure in thwarting the talented Oilers on all six power-play opportunities they were given. Too bad most hockey pools don't reward stellar penalty-kill play. If they did Bouwmeester would have had a tremendous night.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Aug 26 '77

Jay Bouwmeester extended his iron man streak to 523 games on Tuesday.

Bouwmeester hasn't managed to rekindle the offense success he had in Florida since he joined the Flames, but he does have the longest active iron man streak in the NHL. Last season, he made history by becoming the first blueliner to play in 496 consecutive contests. Bouwmeester has five points and a minus-five rating in 17 games this season.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jul 18 '77

Calgary coach Brent Sutter is looking for more offense from defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Bouwmeester had only four goals and 24 points last season, but has scored 15 goals twice in his career so the offensive talent is there. The Flames took him off the first power play unit last season as they have a better shooter from the point in Anton Babchuk, but Sutter likes his ability to create offense in five-on-five situations. "You want him to create more offense," Sutter said. "You want to allow him to play to his strengths. His strength is his skating ability. You want to allow him to become the fourth man on a rush." If Bouwmeester jumps into the play more often, he can return to the 40 point mark.