Meet the NHL’s Ironman: Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano Is Hockey’s Most Durable Player

January 12th, 2017 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

DENVER — Andrew Cogliano had to think hard for a moment when asked the last time he missed a hockey game as a player. 

"It's been so long, it's hard to remember the exact moment. In junior, in the playoffs one year, I think I had a separated shoulder or a high ankle sprain, or something like that," Cogliano said.

That the Anaheim Ducks forward can't seem to recall even the exact location of his last serious injury speaks well to just how long it's been. The injuries, wherever they were, would have occurred sometime in the spring of 2004 when he was a member of the St. Michael's Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. 

Or it could be that Cogliano's seemingly strange haziness of memory stems from the fact that, well, he doesn't really love talking about his distinction as the NHL's reigning ironman, with 747 consecutive games played entering Thursday's contest with the Colorado Avalanche. That is the most of any active player and fifth on the all-time NHL list.

"I just really don't think about it much," he said somewhat wearily when asked about it earlier that day.

Cogliano knows ...

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