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San Jose Sharks memoir Patrick Marleau,
the NHL’s all-time chief in traditional-season games played, announced
his retirement Tuesday.
Marleau, who didn’t play during the
2021-22 season, confirmed the decision in a fraction for the Gamers’
Tribune entitled “Thank You, Hockey”:
“Or now not it is bittersweet for particular, but I
have loads to perk up for. Who’s conscious of what the arena has in
retailer for me. If you happen to would have advised that kid on the frozen pond that
he would spoil a games-played memoir held by none rather than Gordie
Howe, he would have belief you have been loopy. It was as soon as by no blueprint something I
aimed for; it was as soon as licensed me loving this sport loads that I by no blueprint, ever
valuable to hold up my skates. I’m beyond lucky to have had the profession
I had, but I didn’t web right here on my personal.”
Marleau, 42, was as soon as selected by the Sharks with
the No. 2 steal within the 1997 NHL draft after a standout junior
profession with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.
The Canadian heart spent the major 19 seasons of his 23-Twelve months profession in San Jose. He owns
a huge quantity of franchise recordsdata, in conjunction with targets (522), aspects (1,111) and
games played (1,607).
He left the Sharks in 2017 to signal with
the Toronto Maple Leafs. He got right here support to the Shark Tank in 2019
sooner than getting traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2020 playoff
skedaddle. He then returned to San Jose one closing time to create his profession.
“I will now not stress this one ample:
thanks to the of us of San Jose and the Sharks franchise,” Marleau wrote. “I got right here to San Jose as a 17-Twelve months-extinct boy. I had huge
dreams and likewise you confirmed faith in me from day one. Thanks for
permitting me to position that jersey on, Twelve months after Twelve months, decade after
In all, the dynamic forward tallied
1,197 aspects (566 targets and 631 assists) all the blueprint in which through 1,779 games. He
passed Howe, who’d owned the games-played memoir since 1961, in April
His profession accolades moreover integrated
three All-Neatly-known person Sport appearances and two Olympic gold medals while
having fun with for Crew Canada at the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Video games.
Along with the Sharks, Marleau thanked his folk, his companion and youth, loads of participants of the San
Jose organization, his teammates—in conjunction with a shoutout to “Jumbo” Joe Thornton—and the opposite groups he suited up for
over the previous two-plus decades.
“And lastly…Thanks, hockey,” he concluded. “For the lessons. The laughs. The tears. You let me
live out my dreams.”
Marleau need to gather sturdy
consideration for the Hockey Hall of Popularity as soon as his three-Twelve months ready
period is entire.