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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Patrick Marleau Officially Announces Retirement: “Thanks, Hockey”

SAN JOSE – Patrick Marleau, the NHL’s all-time leader in games played in a career spanning 23 seasons, officially announced his retirement on Tuesday morning.

Marleau, 42, made the announcement in a post titled “Thank You, Hockey” to The Players Tribune.

“It’s definitely bitter, but I have a lot 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 to break the game-play record held by none other than Gordy Howe, he would have thought you were crazy.

“It wasn’t something I aimed for; it was just that I loved the sport so much that I never wanted to hang up my skates. I’m so lucky to have had the career I’ve had, but I myself Didn’t get here.”

Marleau had 566 goals and 631 assists for 1,197 points in 1,779 career games as he surpassed Howe’s record of 1,767 games in his final season in April last year.

Marleau played 20-plus of his 23 NHL seasons with the Sharks, as well as two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and eight regular-season games with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2020. Marleau also scored 72 goals and 55 assists in 195 career playoff games.

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