Lost in the shuffle of Nicklas Lidstrom’s four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies, one Conn Smythe and a dozen all-star team berths is an achievement once thought unattainable. Late in 2011-12, Lidstrom passed fellow Red Wings great Alex Delvecchio for most games played with one franchise.

It’s a feat that took 20 years to reach during an era when it would have been so easy to forego. The lowering age of free agency, the growing number of teams and the temptation to hit the jackpot as an unrestricted free agent once made Delvecchio’s standard unreachable – presumably.

Delvecchio spent his entire career with one organization, from 1951 to 1974 and held the record until Lidstrom passed him. Like Delvecchio – and the No. 3 on our list – things just worked out well in Detroit. There was never any reason to leave. These are the leaders in games played with one organization.

10. Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo, 1,191