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Keith Yandle

Born:September 9, 1986Draft:2005 Coyotes, 104th Overall
Hometown:Milton, MA, USAPosition:Defense
Known For:“Sonk”Shoots:Left
National Team:USACurrent Status:Retired

Keith Michael Yandle (born September 9, 1986) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman. He previously played for the Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Yandle was drafted by the Coyotes in the fourth round, 105th overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Nicknamed “Sonk”, Yandle quickly established himself as a premier offensive defenseman, leading the Coyotes in points in both the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons. He holds the all-time NHL ironman record for the most consecutive games played, with 989; during the 2020–21 season, he became the third player ever to record 900 consecutive games played. Yandle passed Doug Jarvis‘s streak as the longest in NHL history on Jan. 25, 2022, after playing his 965th consecutive game.

Keith Yandle, Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Yandle, Philadelphia Flyers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Keith Yandle Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
March 1, 2015Arizona Coyotes4th-Round Pick in 2016 (Tarmo Reuninen)
Chris Summers
New York Rangers2nd-Round Pick in 2015 (Oliver Kylington)
1st-Round Pick in 2016 (Dennis Cholowski)
Anthony Duclair
John Moore
June 20, 2016New York RangersFlorida Panthers6th-Round Pick in 2016 (Tyler Wall)
4th-Round Pick in 2017 (Scott Reedy)

Deeper Dive


  • 2005-06 CHL Defenseman of the Year
  • 2005-06 CHL First All-Star Team
  • 2005-06 QMJHL Champion
  • 2005-06 QMJHL Defenseman of the Year (Emile Bouchard Trophy)
  • 2005-06 QMJHL Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2005-06 QMJHL First All-Star Team
  • 2005-06 QMJHL Most Assists by Defenseman (59)
  • 2005-06 QMJHL Most Points by Defenseman (84)
  • 2006-07 AHL All-Star Game
  • 2010-11 NHL All-Star Game
  • 2011-12 NHL All-Star Game
  • 2014-15 NHL Most Assists by Defenseman (46)
  • 2018-19 NHL All-Star Game