Sharks’ Patrick Marleau surpasses Gordie Howe’s record for most games played in the NHL
San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau overtook Gordie Howe for the most games of all time in the NHL on Monday night. After tying Howe’s all-time mark this weekend, Marleau played his 1768th game on Monday night in Vegas as the Sharks faced the Vegas Golden Knights.
“I’ll try to understand everything as much as possible,” Marleau said after Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Wild. “The funniest part is playing a real game and stuff, but my family will be there to help celebrate, so it will be super special to have them in the building.”
Prior to opening the puck drop, Marleau was honored with a video tribute and a message from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
“To just be mentioned in the same sentence as Gordie Howe is an achievement that most hockey players can only dream of. Breaking one of his records is historic,” Bettman said in his speech to Marleau.
Marleau is currently in his 23rd NHL season and 1,595 of his games have been played with the Sharks. Additionally, the Canadian forward played 164 games in two seasons with the 2017-19 Toronto Maple Leafs. Marleau also appeared in eight games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season after being traded to the team. In October, Marleau chose to sign a one-year deal to return to the Sharks.
“I see this as an opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me along the way, because it’s impossible to play in this league or play that long without a huge support system,” Marleau told Hockey Night in. Canada. “Definitely my family, growing up, my parents, my brother and sister, all the sacrifices they make, and my immediate family now with my wife and kids. …
“Coaching staff, training staff, teammates, chiropractors, massage therapists, I mean, everyone I came in contact with and became friends with or helped me with, I want to thank them for everything their support. “
The Sharks selected Marleau with the second overall pick in the 1997 NHL Draft. During his long NHL career, Marleau scored 566 goals and provided 630 assists.
Howe broke the previous record for matches played on November 26, 1961 when he passed Ted Lindsay. In doing so, he became the first player to appear in 1,000 matches. In addition to his 1,767 games in the NHL, Howe also played 419 games in six years in the WHA.