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Single-Game Ice Time Leaders

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Quick trivia: who is the biggest single-game ironman in the last decade?  Regular-season games only.  Would you have guessed Adrian Aucoinr?

Player Year Month Day Total TOI
Adrian Aucoin 2002 10 12 40.85
Adrian Aucoin 2002 03 19 40.53
Adrian Aucoin 2002 02 04 40.22
Pavel Bure 2001 03 07 40.20
Boris Mironov 2000 02 25 38.70
Adrian Aucoin 2002 10 17 38.35
Adrian Aucoin 2002 01 30 38.32
Kenny Jonsson 2001 11 27 38.15
Adrian Aucoin 2002 01 22 38.08

 

(Doug Gilmour is listed as having played 44:49 on Feb 3, 2000.  It seems to be an error.)

Is it any coincidence that Aucoin's coach was Peter Laviolette, he of just four defensemen in the playoffs?  I think not.

What about the PP?

 

Player Year Month Day Total PP
Ilya Kovalchuk 2005 11 22 29.08 20.08
Brian Leetch 2005 10 24 33.30 17.27
Ilya Kovalchuk 2006 11 01 29.62 16.58
Andy Delmore 2003 01 16 21.30 15.97
Jaroslav Spacek 2005 10 25 22.82 15.97
Ilya Kovalchuk 2006 12 05 30.10 15.88
Ilya Kovalchuk 2007 12 05 27.35 15.87
Ilya Kovalchuk 2005 11 18 28.45 15.80
Tobias Enstrom 2007 12 05 29.62 15.72
Bryan McCabe 2006 03 07 31.88 15.70

 

No big surprise: Ilya Kovalchuk consistently gets to play all two minutes of a power-play...Over, and over, and over.

As for the PK, Aucoin makes a few more appearances:

 

Player Year Month Day Total PK
Adrian Aucoin 2002 12 28 32.33 14.93
Adrian Aucoin 2002 10 17 38.35 14.70
Derian Hatcher 2007 12 15 25.78 13.87
Bill Houlder 2002 04 06 21.80 13.78
Chris Phillips 2005 12 09 24.48 13.38
Hal Gill 2007 12 18 28.97 13.27
Zdeno Chara 2005 12 09 32.85 13.20
Luke Richardson 2003 04 02 29.05 13.18
Adrian Aucoin 2002 04 23 26.82 13.13
Chris Pronger 2005 10 08 30.62 13.12

 

Note that we don't have game-by-game PP and PK ice time before the 2002-03 season, so we don't know how much ice time Aucoin logged in his 40+ minute marathons.

And what about playoff ironmen?

 

Player Year Month Day Total
Sergei Zubov 2003 04 24 63.85
Derian Hatcher 2003 04 24 62.03
Dan McGillis 2000 05 04 61.08
Luke Richardson 2000 05 04 59.85
Jaromir Jagr 2000 05 04 59.13
Brian Campbell 2008 05 04 56.38
Keith Carney 2003 04 24 56.33
Eric Desjardins 2000 05 04 56.13
Alex Kovalev 2000 05 04 55.78
Mike Modano 2003 04 24 55.48

 

The game in which Zubov and Hatcher exceeded one hour of ice time was Dallas' 141-minute loss to Anaheim in the 2003 playoffs.  The other game that contributed significantly to our top ten of high ice time players was the 152-minute between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in the 1999-2000 playoffs.

And, last but not least, this season's leaders - the question that got the ball rolling:

 

Player Year Month Day Total
Tot Joni Pitkanen 2010 03 20 34.50
PP Mike Green 2009 12 03 13.53
PK Scott Niedermayer 2009 12 11 11.15

 

Don't think the NHL has changed even in the short-term?  Players simply don't take on the lopsided roles of yesterday anymore, so no player in 2009-10 got anywhere near the ice time that he might have had just a few years earlier.