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Nearing NHL's ironman record, former Gopher Phil Kessel signs with Vegas Golden Knights

Kessel has played in 982 consecutive NHL contests, fast approaching Keith Yandle's all-time record of 989.

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Arizona Coyotes right wing Phil Kessel (81) looks on during the first period April 4, 2022 against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
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Forward Phil Kessel signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Entering his 17th NHL season, Kessel showed he has plenty left in the tank with a team-leading 44 assists with the Arizona Coyotes last season.

Kessel has 956 career points in 1,204 games and the 34-year-old is eight games from establishing a new NHL ironman record.

Kessel has played in 982 consecutive NHL contests, fast approaching Keith Yandle's all-time record of 989.

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Kessel is joining his fifth NHL team, previously playing for the Boston Bruins (2006-09), Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-15), Pittsburgh Penguins (2015-19), and Coyotes (2019-22).

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The fifth overall pick of the Bruins in 2006 out of the University of Minnesota, Kessel has played in 96 playoff games and won back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 2015-16 and 2016-17 in Pittsburgh.

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