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.
“I feel very fortunate to have a front row seat for it,” said Las Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer. “I 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.”