WASHINGTON — On Friday night, Karl Alzner became the first Washington Capital to play 500 consecutive regular season games, an impressive feat in such a physically demanding sport.
He becomes just the 24th player in NHL history to reach the 500 consecutive games played milestone, and has a chance to move quickly up the list if the streak continues.
To commemorate the moment, the Caps played a video message from Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., who holds the Iron Man record of 2,632 MLB games played.
This record is widely considered to be unbreakable, and Ripken was the perfect man to make the moment special for Alzner:
“Karl, I wanted to take moment to congratulate you on playing 500 consecutive games,” Ripken said. “Hockey is an incredibly physical sport and for you to play that many games in a row is a testament to your ability and your toughness. Best of luck to you and the Capitals this season.
“One 2,132 more games to catch me.”
Alzner’s streak began on opening night of the 2010-11 season. He remains only about half way to Doug Jarvis’ NHL record of 964 consecutive games played, but that should not diminish his feat.