Patrick Marleau breaks Gordie Howe’s record for NHL games played

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, 41, suited up and played in his 1,768th game Monday night in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights, passing the late Hockey Hall of Famer, Gordie Howe, in games played..

Howe’s scoring record was once considered unbreakable until the arrival of Wayne Gretzky, and now his record for games played is gone.

Marleau said he received congratulatory messages from former teammates, including Gretzky, as he honed in on Howe’s record.

The fans in Las Vegas gave Marleau an standing ovation.

β€œI feel very fortunate to have a front row seat for it,” said Las Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer. β€œI feel fortunate that I know the man and the athlete having coached him. He was a gentleman. He was a great teammate. That’s gonna be one of those things I’ll be able to tell my grandkids about one day, that not only did I coach him, but I was there for that night, pretty special accomplishment.”

Peter DeBoer Golden Knights coach

Marleau was drafted second overall in 1997 by the San Jose Sharks at 18 years, 16 days old. He’s the youngest person to suit up for an NHL game in the last 76 years. Marleau helped Canada win two Olympic gold medals at its 2010 Vancouver Games and at Sochi in 2014.

“You go battle with these guys day in and day out, you play against them, and they know the grind and know what it takes to play in this league,” an emotional Marleau said. “For them to show their respects and have all these kind words, it’s very humbling.”

 
Gordie Howe

 

Gordon Howe was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. From 1946 to 1980, (wikipedia)

 
 
San Jose Sharks

 

The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California. They compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the West Division. (wikipedia)

 
 
Patrick Marleau

 

Patrick Denis Marleau is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward and alternate captain for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League . Marleau is the all-time leader in goals, (wikipedia)

 
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