On March 18, a San Jose Sharks player made ice hockey history against the Minnesota Wild. The Canadian Patrick Marleau experienced an extraordinary milestone in his sport. He caught up with an icon of his sport and thus laid the foundation for a new record. That would fall two days later and finally put Marleau in the history books of his mark. He has been on the ice in a staggering 1,768 games.
He made his debut in 1997 and was able to set Gordie Howe’s previous record. The Detroit Red Wings player has long been an ice hockey icon and is not called Mister Hockey for anything. The Canadian wore the San Jose Sharks jersey in 1,595 games. There he scored 552 goals, 1,110 points: 163 power-play goals and 17 shorthanded. The winger only wore the Toronto Maple Leaf’s jersey from 2017 to 2019. In 2020 he also played eight games for the Pittsburgh Penguins. But Marleau did not ever win the Stanley Cup.
Double Olympic Champion and Double World Champion For Canada
At the World Championships, however, he made it to the top. He celebrated two gold medals and one silver medal at world championships. He also won a gold medal at the Olympics in his home country, just as he did four years later in Russia. The number of opponents he has met over the years is enormous. Marleau played against 37 per cent of all ice hockey players in National Hockey League history.
Its outstanding quality has always been its persistence. Marleau hasn’t missed a single game in an unbelievable twelve years. He was on the ice in a total of 898 consecutive games. Together with his friendly partner Joe Thornton, the Canadian was on the ice in 957 games. Most of the games have played a 1st overall and a 2nd overall pick from the same draft. With such record numbers, ice hockey fans get goosebumps. Two days after Marleau had set the historical record, the time had come. He went down in history as the sole record holder. With 1,768 games in the National Hockey League, he is now on the all-time leaderboard ahead of Legend Gordie Howe. They lost the game 3-2 in the shootout; all eyes were on Patrick Marleau.
He was grateful for a first reaction after the game. In his 23rd season, he has already played 899 games in a row and is already chasing the next record here. The players of the opposing team, the Golden Knights, personally congratulated the new record holder. After all, things are not going very well for his team at the moment. With the previous record of 18-22-5, the San Jose Sharks are likely to miss the playoffs this time. This time they managed to catch up after a power-play double from Mark Stone but lost the match in the shootout. Nevertheless, it was a historic game for Patrick Marleau; further records are pretty possible.