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Henrik Sedin has played 679 consecutive NHL games. He's not playing tonight.

One of ice hockey’s longest appearance streaks comes to an end today.

Sedin: doesn't believe in sick days.
Sedin: doesn't believe in sick days.
Image: Ross D. Franklin/AP/Press Association Images

ICE HOCKEY IRON man Henrik Sedin will not play tonight, ending his unbroken 11-year streak at 679 appearances.

Sedin, who has played in every Vancouver Canucks game since February 2003, has been rested for tonight’s trip to the Edmonton Oilers.

The 33-year-old Swede has been playing through a hand injury in recent weeks and finally, coach John Tortorella deemed it serious enough to leave his captain out.

Sedin’s streak is the sixth-longest in NHL history. He was so determined to keep it up that he played just 22 seconds in a game last season rather than break it.

Remarkably one current player has an even longer record. Jay Bouwmeester of the St Louis Blues has played 683 consecutive games and is expected make that number 684 against the New Jersey Devils tonight.

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