Patrick Marleau played 23 seasons in the NHL, most of them with the San Jose Sharks. The Canadian holds the league record for most games played with 1,779.
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Forward Patrick Marleau has announced his retirement from the NHL. About it informs the press service of the San Jose Sharks club, in which the striker spent 21 seasons.
“I came to San Jose as a 17 year old boy. I had big dreams and you believed in me from day one. Thank you for letting me wear this jersey year after year, decade after decade, ”Marlo is quoted by The Players Tribune.
The Canadian spent 23 seasons in the NHL, 21 of them with the San Jose and two with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Marlo played eight more games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2019/20 season.
Last year, Marlo broke Gordie Howe’s “eternal record” for most NHL games played for 50 years. Marlo has 1,779 league games to his credit. More than 1,700 games in the entire history of the NHL, in addition to Marlo, were played by four more hockey players: Howe (1767), Mark Messier (1756), Jaromir Jagr (1733) and Ron Francis (1731).
Marlo is a two-time Olympic champion (2010, 2014) and world champion (2003) as part of the Canadian team. In the 2015/16 season, he, along with San Jose, reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time, where the Sharks lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. During his NHL career, Marlo scored 1,197 points (566 goals and 631 assists). On May 12 last year, a streak of 910 consecutive matches in which Marlo went on the ice was interrupted (the fifth longest in league history).