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The San Jose Sharks will retire Patrick Marleau’s No. 12 prior to the club’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 25, the team announced Thursday.

Marleau will be the first player in franchise history to receive the honor.

“As a little boy skating on a frozen pond, my dream was to play in the NHL,” Marleau said. “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.”

Marleau didn’t play during the 2021-22 season and officially announced his retirement in May. He finished his 23-year career as the NHL’s all-time game’s played leader (1,779) while racking up 566 goals and 631 assists.

San Jose drafted Marleau second overall in 1997. He spent 21 years with the organization and is their all-time leader in goals and points. The Saskatchewan native also registered 127 points in 195 playoff games with the Sharks, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2016.

Marleau played two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and eight games with the Pittsburgh Penguins before returning to the Bay Area for his final campaign in 2020-21.

Longtime San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau retired Tuesday after 23 NHL seasons.

The 42-year-old confirmed his decision in The Players’ Tribune. He’s the league’s all-time leader in games played with 1,779. He didn’t suit up in the NHL this season.

Marleau played 20 full campaigns and part of another with the Sharks, who drafted him second overall in 1997.

The Saskatchewan-born skater spent his first 19 seasons with San Jose before playing two with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He then suited up for 58 games with his original club in 2019-20 before the Sharks traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the deadline.

Marleau re-signed with San Jose in October 2020 and broke Gordie Howe’s games played record of 1,767 in April 2021.

“(Retirement is) bittersweet for sure, but I have so much to look forward to,” Marleau wrote in a piece published Tuesday. “Who knows what the world has in store for me. If you would have told that kid on the frozen pond that he would break a games played record held by none other than Gordie Howe, he would have thought you were crazy.

“It was never something I aimed for; it was just me loving this game so much that I never, ever wanted to hang up my skates.”

Marleau is the Sharks’ all-time leader in goals, points, even-strength goals, power-play goals, shorthanded goals, game-winners, and shots on goal.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Mathew DumbaPhiladelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom, and San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau are finalists for the 2021 Masterton Trophy, the league announced Tuesday.

The annual award is given to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. It’s voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Dumba co-founded the Hockey Diversity Alliance last year and has contributed to numerous community initiatives in Minnesota. The 26-year-old won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy last season for his leadership qualities.

Lindblom is up for the award for the second year in a row. The 24-year-old recovered from Ewing’s sarcoma – a form of bone cancer – last year and suited up in 50 of 56 games in 2021.

Marleau, 41, broke Gordie Howe’s all-time record for games played this campaign. The Sharks veteran now sits at 1,779 career contests.

Even at 41 years old, Patrick Marleau believes he has more left in the tank.

“I feel like I still have a lot to give,” Marleau told reporters Thursday, according to the Teal Town USA podcast. “I’m eager to have a really good season next season.”

Marleau said he hasn’t discussed a possible return to the San Jose Sharks with general manager Doug Wilson, but will talk to him soon.

The veteran forward recorded four goals and five assists in 56 games this past season. He admitted he wasn’t happy with his play at times.

“There were some pretty sleepless nights with that, but I’m looking forward to a rebound season next year,” he said, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group.

Marleau played in his 1,768th game on April 19, passing Gordie Howe for the most in NHL history.

San Jose Sharks winger Patrick Marleau eclipsed Gordie Howe’s all-time record for NHL games played Monday night versus the Vegas Golden Knights, lacing up the skates in his 1,768th career contest.

Here’s a look at the leaderboard:

RANKPLAYERGAMES
1Patrick Marleau1768*
2Gordie Howe1767
3Mark Messier1756
4Jaromir Jagr1733
5Ron Francis1731
6Joe Thornton1669*

* – active player

Howe had held the record since 1980. Mr. Hockey played until he was 51, but he was a member of the World Hockey Association for six years.

Marleau, 41, is in his 23rd NHL season. He’s played 21 of those with the Sharks, and he also had stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was drafted second overall in 1997 and sits 23rd all time with 566 goals. In 2021, Marleau’s notched eight points in 44 games.

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau tied legend Gordie Howe atop the NHL’s all-time games played list at 1,767 on Saturday night versus the Minnesota Wild.

The longtime Shark – and former Toronto Maple Leaf and Pittsburgh Penguin – is in his 23rd NHL season. Howe played until he was 51 but logged six campaigns and 419 contests in the World Hockey Association from 1973-79.

Marleau is scheduled to take sole possession of the record Monday versus Vegas. That contest will also mark his 899th consecutive game, the fourth-longest streak in league history.

The 41-year-old has notched four goals and four assists in 43 games this season. For his career, Marleau’s registered 1,196 points.

He’s an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau appeared in his 1,757th game Monday night against the Minnesota Wild, passing Mark Messier to claim sole possession of second place on the all-time games played list.

The veteran now sits 10 contests behind Gordie Howe, who has held the record since retiring in 1980.

Marleau, 41, also maintains an ironman streak of 888 games, which is the fourth-longest in NHL history.

He made his NHL debut in 1997 with San Jose and has spent the majority of his career playing with the Sharks, logging brief stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Things haven’t gone as planned for Patrick Marleau during his third stint with the San Jose Sharks.

The franchise’s leader in games played, goals, and points says he’s open to being traded ahead of the April 12 deadline to make another run at a Stanley Cup.

“I wouldn’t actively maybe look for it, but if it does happen or it does come, or a team wants me, that’s something you have to seriously consider,” Marleau said, according to Kevin Kurz of The Athletic.

“Obviously, that’s still my goal, to win a Stanley Cup,” he added.

Marleau returned to San Jose on a one-year, $700,000 deal this past offseason after the Sharks dealt him to the Pittsburgh Penguins prior to the 2020 trade deadline.

However, general manager Doug Wilson made it clear earlier this month that the Sharks are in a reset mode, which was disappointing for the 41-year-old Marleau to hear as he looks to capture an elusive championship.

“It’s tough to swallow,” he said. “Coming into the season, you always have high expectations and hopes, and you want to get off to a good start and put yourself in position for playoffs, and getting into them and giving yourself a chance to win.

“But we haven’t put ourselves in that position as of yet. Obviously, there’s a business side to things, as well. But, yeah, it’s obviously not where anybody wants to be.”

Marleau has contributed one goal and five points while averaging a career-low 13:10 of ice time through 29 games this season. The 23-year veteran is just 16 contests shy of passing the legendary Gordie Howe for the most all-time games played.

Sharks have talked to Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau

Mitch Marner has a strong idea what kind of teammate the Toronto Maple Leafs are getting in Joe Thornton – all thanks to Patrick Marleau.

Marner – and Auston Matthews – formed a strong friendship with Marleau during his two years in Blue and White. As a longtime teammate of Thornton’s with the San Jose Sharks, Marleau gave Marner the rundown on Jumbo Joe.

“Throughout Patty’s time here, he’s talked to me and Auston a good amount about Jumbo, just says … (he) keeps everything light, has a great time, but on the ice, he’s a competitive guy. He plays hard, and he wants to win,” Marner told Sportsnet’s Tim and Sid on Tuesday.

“I’m excited. I mean, everything I’ve heard about him, he just seems like an unbelievable dude, and Patty’s always relayed that back to us. I’m excited to get talking to him, and as soon as he signed, I sent him a big text saying, super excited to have him, and I think he’s going to do a lot.”

The Maple Leafs signed Thornton to a one-year contract for the league minimum of $700,000 this offseason. The 41-year-old tallied 31 points in 70 games with the Sharks last season, but he’s just one year removed from a 51-point campaign.

Thornton also played 12 games with HC Davos of the Swiss League this year and registered 11 points. He left Davos on Monday to head to Toronto for the Leafs training camp.

While Thornton projects to serve as Toronto’s third-line center, it remains to be seen what kind of impact he can still have on the ice. Off the ice, however, there’s no questioning Thornton’s character and leadership.

The San Jose Sharks signed veteran forward Patrick Marleau to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Marleau’s deal is worth $700,000, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

The 41-year-old will skate in his 23rd NHL season and is the oldest player currently under contract, with Joe Thornton and Zdeno Chara remaining free agents.

Marleau ranks fifth on the NHL’s regular-season games played list (1,723) and is 44 appearances shy of tying Gordie Howe’s record of 1,767.

San Jose dealt Marleau to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline last February. He tallied 11 goals and 11 assists across 66 games between the two clubs in 2019-20.

Marleau is the Sharks’ franchise leader in games played (1,551) goals (518), and points (1,102).

The Sharks also signed free-agent forward Matt Nieto to a one-year deal Tuesday. San Jose drafted the 27-year-old in 2011 and he spent parts of his first four NHL seasons with the squad.