Patrick Marleau retires after 23 seasons, holds record for most NHL games played

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Patrick Marleau is calling it a profession. In a statement through the Players’ Tribune entitled “Thank You, Hockey,”¬†Marleau revealed his retirement from the NHL after playing 23 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.¬†

Marleau, who didn’t play throughout the 2021-22 season, invested 21 of his 23 seasons with the Sharks after being chosen with the No. 2 choice in the 1997 NHL Draft by the franchise. In 1,779 profession video games, he tape-recorded 1,197 points (566 objectives and 631 helps) and included 72 postseason objectives in 195 championship game.

Marleau, 42, leads the NHL with the most video games played in league history — with a 12-game edge over Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe. He passed Howe for the leading area on the NHL’s most video games played list on April 19, 2021.

The previous Sharks forward tops the group’s all-time list in objectives (522), points (1,111), power play objectives (163), game-winning objectives (101), shorthanded objectives (17) and shots (3,953). Marleau likewise ended up being the youngest gamer in NHL history to play 1,000 video games with one group on Jan. 17, 2011.

“It’s bittersweet for sure, but I have so much to look forward to,” Marleau composed. “Who knows what the world has in store for me. If you would have told that kid on the frozen pond that he would break a games-played record held by none other than Gordie Howe, he would have thought you were crazy. It was never something I aimed for; it was just me loving this game so much that I never, ever wanted to hang up my skates.”

Marleau didn’t get an opportunity to raise the Stanley Cup, however he did win 2 Olympic gold medals with Canada in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. The previous Sharks forward likewise appeared in 3 All-Star Games throughout his embellished profession.

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