San Jose Sharks to retire franchise icon Marleau’s number next season

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – May 10: Patrick Marleau, who played 21 seasons with San Jose Sharks, speaks during a press conference, where he announced his retirement, on May 10, 2022, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE — Patrick Marleau, the NHL’s all-time leader in games played, will have his No. 12 retired by the San Jose Sharks in an on-ice ceremony prior to the Sharks game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 25, 2023, the team announced Thursday.

Marleau becomes the first Sharks player to have his number retired by the organization. Additional details about the event will be released at a future date, the Sharks said.

“As a little boy skating on a frozen pond, my dream was to play in the NHL,” Marleau said in a statement. “Never could I have imagined the honor of my jersey hanging in the rafters above the very ice that I played so many of my NHL games on.

“I cannot begin to describe the way I feel. I am truly grateful and thankful for this recognition, but also for being able to play in front of the great San Jose Sharks fans for so long. I’ll miss doing so for the rest of my life. Thank you to the Sharks organization, my teammates throughout my career, and especially the fans for this honor of a lifetime. I can’t wait to see you all…

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