Sharks’ Patrick Marleau Plays In NHL-Record 1,768th Career Game

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When the puck dropped between the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Monday night, Sharks forward Patrick Marleau’s name came up on the game sheet for an NHL-record 1,768th time. He was in the Sharks’ starting lineup.

Gordie Howe held the record previously.

After Marleau tied the record on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, all of the Minnesota Wild players shook his hand. The Wild faithful gave him a standing ovation in the middle of the game.

The 41-year-old recorded 566 goals, 1,196 points, and a -22 rating through his first 1,767 games, including four goals and eight points in 44 games this season. 1,596 of his games have come with the Sharks, who drafted him second overall in the 1997 NHL Draft.

Marleau wore the gloves shown below against the Golden Knights.

In 195 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Marleau has recorded 72 goals, 127 points, and a -11 rating but has never won the Stanley Cup.

Marleau is a five-time NHL All-Star and a one-time Lady Byng finalist as the NHL’s most gentlemanly player.

The Sharks will allow fans for the first time this season against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night at SAP Center, so they will likely hold a tribute for Marleau then.

The Golden Knights honored Marleau after his first shift of the game.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman had a message for Marleau, which was played in T-Mobile Arena on Monday:

Monday’s game was also his 899th straight appearance.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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1 Response to Sharks’ Patrick Marleau Plays In NHL-Record 1,768th Career Game

  1. Anonymous says:

    Impressive. Congrats Paddy!

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