Karlis Skrastins of the Colorado Avalanche had his record streak snapped Sunday when he sat out a game against Anaheim because of a knee injury.
Earlier this month, Skrastins broke Tim Horton's mark for most consecutive games played by a defenceman. The streak ends at 495 games.
The 32-year-old defenseman hadn't missed a game since Feb. 18, 2000, when he was with the Nashville Predators, and his run started three days later against Dallas.
I knew sooner or later it was going to end. Nothing lasts forever," Skrastins said on Sunday. "But I was happy with the streak. There were some good memories for me."
The streak was made more remarkable by the factthat Skrastinshas been among the league's leaders in blocked shots.
Horton set the mark for defencemen while playing for Toronto from 1961-68.
Vancouver's Brendan Morrison now becomes the active player with the longest stretch, at 492 games. Tampa's Cory Sarich leads all defencemen, having played in 369 straight contests.
The longest overall streak in NHL history is 964 games, set by Doug Jarvis, who never missed a game in a career that spanned from 1975 to 1988.