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.
“Playing in San Jose was the stuff of fairy tales,” Marleau wrote. “It was a new team, a beautiful city in California (where the weather was just a smidge nicer than the cold, bitter Canadian air I was accustomed to). I got to play at one of the newest rinks in the league, with loud, Emotional fans cheered us on. The horn that rings when the home team scores a goal at the SAP Center is music to my ears.
“Our teams were gritty, hardworking, and never stopped fighting until the last buzzer. Building those first years of history for the Sharks was a responsibility I didn’t take lightly, or take for granted. I hope that what we did at that time.” The city, the organization and the fans can be proud of what he has achieved.”
Marleau helped Canada win gold at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, as well as the 2003 World Championships and 2004 World Cup.
He is expected to address the media at a press conference later today.
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