Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks skated on the NHL’s ice for the 1,768th time on Monday, setting the league’s record for most played. Marleau passed Gordy Howe, a six-time scoring leader and most valuable player known as “Mr.” Hockey. “
Marleau began the game against the Golden Knights and after its first whistle, the match was halted to honor him with an announcement, a video montage, a message from NHL Commissioner Gary Bateman and a long applause, and in Las Vegas He encouraged the crowd by saluting them. Stick. The Sharks wore a jersey patch with Marloo’s uniform number 12, and a custom mask was put on by goalkeeper Martin Jones for the occasion.
Marleau played 17:21 and shot the goal in a 3–2 goals loss. After the game, the Golden Knights lined up in line and joined hands with Marlu, the type of reverence usually reserved for the end of a playoff series.
“I didn’t know what they had planned or anything like that but it was super special to see everything they did,” Marleau said after the game. “I know that there was a lot of work in the entire organization through the trainers to do this. We saw all the patches, t-shirts, sweaters, they did not miss a thing. “
Prior to the game, he said he wanted to make sure that he thanked everyone who was part of the trip.
“You don’t get this without help and support, and I am very grateful for all of that.”
Howe initially set the record in 1961. The most recent player in four major North American professional sports leagues to set a record for sports was NFL kicker Morton Anderson in 2004.
Marloo, 41, has not lost a game since the 2008–9 season and has played more than 98 percent of the games in more than 23 seasons with San Jose, Toronto and Pittsburgh. To put its might in perspective, the NHL will welcome its 32nd franchise in the 2021-22 season, Seattle Kraken. They will not play their 1,768th game until 2043.
Since Marlu debuted in 1997, the league changed the rules and canceled a season due to a labor dispute, and the playing style changed.
“When he started the game he was completely different from what Marlio got for seven seasons with San Jose,” said Los Angeles Kings coach Todd McLennan. “Just the number of lockouts, the number of rule changes, the type of body contact, the vanishing fight, the intimidating factor, the type of referee we saw back then, what we see today, the technique, the coaching roundabout, the equipment. Shape. “
He continued: “If he started a magazine from day 1 so far, I would be the first man to read it, because he would be able to tell a long story about a great game that has changed over the decades.”
That story would include the case of Marlu’s much-talked about trophy. He has won gold medals twice in the Olympics and once in the World Championships and in the World Cup of Hockey. He ranks 23rd on the NHL’s career goal list with 566 and sixth in game-winning goals in the regular season and playoffs.
But he is missing the NHL’s final award. Before beating Howe’s record, Marlu had already accomplished another feat of longevity, even if he was an ignorant, playing the most games without winning the Stanley Cup.
Marleau has played four conference finals and a Stanley Cup Final Series in 2016, a loss to the Sharks’ Pittsburgh Penguins. The Sharks entered Monday’s game, which required a serious run to reach similar heights, with 5 points from a playoff spot with 12 games remaining, but an elusive cup still adds to Marleau’s passion.
“I want that when I am gone, I gave it my all, enjoyed the game, loved the game, loved being around the team and winning the game,” Marleau said. “Those are the greatest things, obviously if I can add a Stanley Cup win before I retire it would be ideal for me. But just having the right attributes to be a great teammate and a great player, it’s that kind of. Is as I would like. “
Towards the end of his career, Marloo has become a type of contact between his coaches and the youngest players on the team, putting into early TTLAZ practice from shark veterans, especially Kyle Hrudey.
Peter DeBoer, who succeeded McLean in San Jose and coaches the Sharks in the finals, faced Marleau for the first time while coaching the Canada Under-17 national team. DeBoer, now Vegas coach, said even then the team players were ready to be confident but fearless with Marloo’s confidence.
Marloo’s Journey is simultaneously classic and modern, going from a farm in Western Canada to a player who over time respected his conditioning, injury prevention and anti-aging routines and his game as the game evolved. Adapted to.
“What Patrick has and is probably missing from today’s generation is that he is tough.” He is a big, fat, strong Saskatchewan farm boy, ”said McClellan, who is also from the province. “That’s what he started, and then he was committed to training and his fitness.”
More than 8,000 players, who have played in the NHL in their history, were both from Saskatchewan, the most durable.
The two had a meeting at the 2009 All-Star Game in Montreal, when Marleau and his oldest son were playing with a mini-stick in an arena hallway. Howe grabbed a stick from Marlu’s hand and started playing with his son, in an instant Marlu said that was dug in his memory.
But only Howe has played in five different decades. His career began in 1946 and ended in the early 1970s as the toll of so many sports in the form of arthritis and other injuries was revealed.
After two seasons, Howe returned to the ice in 1973 to play with his sons – Mark and Marty and played another 419 games at the World Hockey Association with the Houston Eros and New England Whalers.
The league eventually merged, and Howe played another NHL campaign with the Whalers in the 1979–80 season. Marleau would normally need to play approximately five more seasons of 82 games to eclipse Howe’s professional total.
Mark Howe said that his father, Joe Died in 2016, Marleau will be excited to see her break her record, and she will hold her fellow contestants in high regard.
“Weaving that unites people who have played for so long is called passion,” said Mark Howe, a Hall of Famer himself. “He is of good size and he is a powerful skater. He scored many goals, big goals when the shark was at its peak.
The first and longest of Marleau’s three assignments at San Jose from 1997 to 2017, he helped the team to a place in the 17 playoffs. He left for Toronto, but the Sharks wanted to keep him high enough that star center Joe Thornton was willing to take a lower salary for the team to accommodate Marloo.
McLean once said that Thornton was “cut from old clothes” and described Marleau in a similar way, noting that Marleau offered a connection to Hawkeye’s past. He is the only remaining player drafted in the 1990s by defenseman Zadeno Chare of the Thornton and Washington Capitals.
Even after setting a career record, Marlu can achieve another mark of longevity.
If Marleau plays another full season next year, he would surpass Doug Jarvis’ record in 964 straight games, though he would have to compete with Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle, whose only active streak is 912 games against him.
And there is still a Stanley Cup chase.
“As long as my family is ready to support me, welcoming me on a road trip and coming back home,” Marleau said, “we’ll try to continue this as long as we can.”