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San Jose Sharks story Patrick Marleau,
the NHL’s all-time leader in regular-season video games played, announced
his retirement Tuesday.
Marleau, who did no longer play right by the
2021-22 season, confirmed the decision in a fragment for the Avid gamers’
Tribune entitled “Thank You, Hockey”:
“Or no longer it’s bittersweet for definite, nonetheless I
grasp so fundamental to appear forward to. Who knows what the field has in
store for me. If you occur to would grasp told that child on the frozen pond that
he would ruin a video games-played record held by none rather than Gordie
Howe, he would grasp device you were crazy. It became never something I
aimed for; it became good me loving this game so fundamental that I never, ever
wanted to grasp up my skates. I am previous lucky to grasp had the occupation
I had, nonetheless I did no longer secure here by myself.”
Marleau, 42, became chosen by the Sharks with
the No. 2 rob within the 1997 NHL draft after a standout junior
occupation with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.
The Canadian heart spent the predominant 19 seasons of his 23-365 days occupation in San Jose. He owns
somewhat a pair of franchise records, including targets (522), strategies (1,111) and
video games played (1,607).
He left the Sharks in 2017 to sign with
the Toronto Maple Leafs. He came wait on to the Shark Tank in 2019
forward of getting traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2020 playoff
bustle. He then returned to San Jose one final time to defend out his occupation.
“I cannot stress this one ample:
thank you to the of us of San Jose and the Sharks franchise,” Marleau wrote. “I came to San Jose as a 17-365 days-historical boy. I had mammoth
desires and also you confirmed faith in me from day one. Thank you for
permitting me to put that jersey on, 365 days after 365 days, decade after
In all, the dynamic forward tallied
1,197 strategies (566 targets and 631 assists) all the strategy by 1,779 video games. He
handed Howe, who’d owned the video games-played record since 1961, in April
His occupation accolades additionally integrated
three All-Neatly-known particular person Game appearances and two Olympic gold medals whereas
taking part in for Crew Canada at the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Games.
Alongside with the Sharks, Marleau thanked his of us, his indispensable other and younger of us, loads of members of the San
Jose group, his teammates—including a shoutout to “Jumbo” Joe Thornton—and the replacement groups he suited up for
over the final two-plus a protracted time.
“And lastly…Thank you, hockey,” he concluded. “For the teachings. The laughs. The tears. You let me
live out my desires.”
Marleau should peaceful receive tough
consideration for the Hockey Hall of Popularity as soon as his three-365 days waiting
duration is full.