๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Patrick Marleau Announces Retirement From Hockey At Age 42

Canadian ironman forward Patrick Marleau, who broke Gordie Howe’s longstanding record of most games played in an NHL career after nearly a quarter century in the NHL, today announced his retirement from hockey, signing a one-day contract with San Jose to retire officially as a Shark.

The second overall pick of the San Jose Sharks in the 1997 NHL Draft, Marleau would spend 20 and a half of his 23 pro seasons with the Sharks, becoming the franchise leader in goals, points and games played, as well as leading the Sharks to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2016. Marleau, who also spent two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and part of a season with the Pittsburgh Penguins in search of a Stanley Cup, in 2021 surpassed what many once saw as an impossible record, beating our “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe himself with his 1,768th NHL game played, retiring as the all-time leader in NHL games played with 1,779. Marleau, who spent the past season as a free agent, also retires with an active 910 consecutive game streak, good enough for fifth in history, retiring with 566 goals and 1,197 points in his NHL career, along with another 72 goals and 127 points in 195 career playoff games. One of the most respected players in the NHL, Marleau was a three-time NHL All-Star, and served as Sharks captain for five seasons.

A native of Aneroid, Saskatchewan, Marleau did not join Team Canada until the 1999 World Championships, his first of four appearances (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005) at the Worlds. Marleau would capture Gold in 2003 and a Silver in 2005, sandwiching another Gold at the 2004 World Cup Of Hockey, where he served as an alternate playing in pre-tournament exhibition games. Thanks to his playoff production in the latter half of his career, Marleau would not play in a post-lockout World Championship, but was named to Team Canada at both the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, capturing Gold in both Vancouver and Sochi.

Over the course of his incredible career, Marleau won the IHLC a total of six times, his first win coming at the 1999 Worlds and last at the 2014 Olympics. We wish Patrick and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!

Photo Credit: Fear The Fin โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC



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