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