The 42-year-old has played 1,779 NHL games, the most of anyone in NHL history. Marleau set the record back on April 20, 2021 when he played his 1,768th career game.
Longtime NHL forward Patrick Marleau has announced his retirement after a 23-year career. Marleau made the announcement in a letter published by The Players Tribune on Tuesday.
The 42-year-old played in 1,779 NHL games, the most of anyone in NHL history. Marleau set the record on April 20, 2021 when he played his 1,768th game, surpassing the previous record held by Gordie Howe.
Marleau spent 21 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, but also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins. San Jose drafted Marleau No. 2 in the 1997 NHL Draft behind future teammate Joe Thornton. Marleau remains the Sharks' all-time leader in goals, points, games played, power-play, short-handed and game-winning goals.
Marleau won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in 2010 and 2014. He also won a World Championship with Canada in 2003 and a World Cup championship in 2004.
The Swift Current, Saskatchewan native made three NHL All-Star games, was twice nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy and made a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2016 with San Jose, losing to the Penguins.
Marleau retires with 566 career goals, 631 assists and 1,197 career points. He hit the 40-goal plateau once during the 2009-10 season with the Sharks and hit his single-season high in points (86) during the 2005-06 campaign, also with the Sharks.Sharks great Patrick Marleau retires, ending career with NHL record for games played - The Athletic View Story