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Patrick Marleau should and will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, as should all the remaining retired 500+ goal-scorers (Keith Tkachuk, Pat Verbeek, Pierre Turgeon, Jeremy Roenick, Peter Bondra). Gordie Howe never scored 50 goals in one NHL season, and neither did Patrick Marleau, so Patrick Marleau was the perfect player to break Gordie Howe's games played record. Patrick Marleau surpassed Gordie Howe in games played in his 23rd NHL season. That's three less seasons than what Gordie Howe played in the NHL. That means Patrick Marleau deserved it. He did it quicker than Gordie Howe did. Although, when Gordie Howe played, the NHL season was 70 games, not 82 games. Gordie Howe and Chris Chelios hold the record for most seasons played in the NHL with 26. Patrick Marleau should go for 27. Patrick Marleau has 4 Gold Medals with Canada, and one Silver Medal. There are 5 former NHL players who played NHL games against both Gordie Howe and Patrick Marleau: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Mike Gartner, and Ray Bourque.

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San Jose Sharks great Patrick Marleau retires after 23 seasons

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    Kristen ShiltonESPN NHL reporter

Patrick Marleau is officially hanging up his skates.


The 42-year-old announced his retirement from hockey Tuesday, closing the book on a 23-year career spent between San Jose, Toronto and Pittsburgh. Through 1,779 games, Marleau amassed 566 goals and 1,197 points, while adding another 72 goals and 127 points in 195 postseason contests.


Marleau played 21 of his seasons with the Sharks, who selected the player from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, second overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. While Marleau never won a Stanley Cup, he holds Sharks franchise records in career games played, goals (522), points (1,111), power-play goals (163), shorthanded goals (17), game-winning goals (101) and shots (3,953).


On April 19, 2021, Marleau also broke the NHL record for most games played (1,768), which was previously held by Gordie Howe.


The veteran did not dress for any team in the 2021-22 season after appearing in 56 games for San Jose last season.


In a Players' Tribune piece released Tuesday, Marleau reflected on finally stepping away from the game he loves.


"It's bittersweet for sure, but I have so much to look forward to," Marleau wrote.


"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 also left a special shoutout for longtime San Jose teammate Joe Thornton, who was taken one spot ahead of him in the 1997 draft.


"Jumbo and I entered this league together, and I was fortunate enough to be able to share the ice with him for more than half of my career," Marleau shared. "Your positive outlook has always been infectious. Thank you for all those great passes, Joe. You're not just a teammate, but a lifelong friend."


Marleau's success in hockey went beyond just the NHL, too. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Canada (in 2010 and 2014) and won gold at both the 2003 World Championships and 2004 World Cup.

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Thank You, Hockey




Patrick Marleau has announced his retirement from the NHL at the age of 42.



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Marleau had a remarkable career that spanned multiple decades, an incredible games played record, two Olympic medals and over 1,000 points. But will it be enough to earn him a spot in the Hall? Adam Proteau takes a look.


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Retired NHL 500+ Goal-Scorers

Not In The Hockey Hall Of Fame


01. 566 - Patrick Marleau (Eligible in 2025)

02. 538 - Keith Tkachuk (Eligible since 2013)

03. 522 - Pat Verbeek (Eligible since 2005)

04. 515 - Pierre Turgeon (Eligible since 2010)

05. 513 - Jeremy Roenick (Eligible since 2012)

06. 503 - Peter Bondra (Eligible since 2010)



01. 894 - Wayne Gretzky
02. 801 - Gordie Howe
03. 780 - Alex Ovechkin
04. 766 - Jaromir Jagr
05. 741 - Brett Hull
06. 731 - Marcel Dionne
07. 717 - Phil Esposito
08. 708 - Mike Gartner 
09. 694 - Mark Messier
10. 692 - Steve Yzerman
11. 690 - Mario Lemieux
12. 684 - Teemu Selanne
13. 668 - Luc Robitaille
14. 656 - Brendan Shanahan
15. 640 - Dave Andreychuk
16. 625 - Joe Sakic
17. 625 - Jarome Iginla
18. 610 - Bobby Hull
19. 608 - Dino Ciccarelli
20. 601 - Jari Kurri
21. 577 - Mark Recchi
22. 573 - Mike Bossy
23. 566 - Patrick Marleau
24. 564 - Mats Sundin
25. 564 - Joe Nieuwendyk
26. 561 - Mike Modano
27. 560 - Guy Lafleur
28. 556 - Johnny Bucyk
29. 549 - Ron Francis
30. 548 - Michel Goulet
31. 544 - Maurice Richard
32. 541 - Stan Mikita
33. 538 - Keith Tkachuk
34. 533 - Frank Mahovlich
35. 525 - Marian Hossa
36. 524 - Bryan Trottier
37. 522 - Pat Verbeek
38. 518 - Dale Hawerchuk
39. 517 - Sidney Crosby
40. 515 - Pierre Turgeon
41. 513 - Jeremy Roenick
42. 512 - Gilbert Perreault
43. 507 - Jean Beliveau
44. 503 - Peter Bondra
45. 502 - Joe Mullen
46. 500 - Lanny McDonald

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Patrick Marleau had 15 80+ games played seasons

Patrick Marleau had 1 50+ assists seasons

Patrick Marleau had 11 50+ points seasons

Patrick Marleau had 7 60+ points seasons

Patrick Marleau had 6 70+ points seasons

Patrick Marleau had 2 80+ points seasons

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  • 2 months later...

Marleau to have No. 12 retired by Sharks, first to get honor from team

NHL leader in games played was with San Jose for 21 seasons, ranks first in goals, points



February 25, 2023

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February 25, 2023 will be the jersey retirement ceremony for Patrick Marleau


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2 hours ago, NHL HHOF said:

February 25, 2023 will be the jersey retirement ceremony for Patrick Marleau

One reason it is not earlier is that San Jose is currently on the Road Trip From Hell.


Eight games, started Jan 21 in Columbus, spans The Break, ends Feb 12 in Washington.


Days between home games: 27 (!)


Soon after they get a seven game home stand, ending with…you guessed it: Washington.


Visitors for the ceremony would be…the Chicago Bleakhawks.  Good choice, want a win for the Marleau Jersey Retirement Gala Festivities.



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