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Garry Unger
Garry Unger
Center
Number: 7
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170
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Born: Dec 7, 1947
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Garry Unger could not have known what was in store for him when he was interested into the Maple Leaf line-up on February 24, 1968 between Mike Walton and George Armstrong. Coach Punch Imlach had brought up the rookie in an effort to make the playoffs and to fill in for Dave Keon, who had been injured. The center would stay in an NHL line-up through to the 1979-80 season, smashing the existing iron-man record by 284 games.

In the course of the streak, Unger was traded four times. Unger was part of a package sent to the Red Wings less than two weeks after the streak began. The Red Wings, in turn, moved Unger to the St. Louis Blues in the 1970-71 season, and it was with the Blues that he broke Andy Hebenton's iron-man record on March 10, 1976 in Toronto. Unger moved on to the Atlanta Flames in 1979. On Dec. 22, 1979, Flames coach Al MacNeil finally benched Unger, ending the streak at 914 consecutive games.

Despite his accomplishments, Unger remained unfulfilled by what he had done. His inspiration throughout the streak had been his wheelchair bound younger sister yet when the record was his, Unger found he still didn't have meaning in his life. The trade to Atlanta put him in contact with Paul Henderson, whom he'd been traded for in 1968, and a group of Christian players. It was from them that Unger discovered the spirituality that he had been missing.

Unger played three more seasons before leaving the NHL in 1983. Unger's record has since been surpassed by Doug Jarvis. He didn't win any Stanley Cups but Unger did emerge a complete man. With a new sense of purpose, Unger entered the coaching ranks, leading Tulsa to a championship in 1992-93, and remains there today. Garry Unger can also be found teaching at hockey schools during the summer months.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89