Patrick Marleau Sets the NHL All-Time Record for Most Games Played
On Monday, April 19th, 2021 San Jose Sharks’ 41 – year – old star veteran forward, Patrick Marleau, sets the NHL all – time record for the most games played with 1,768 career games in the National Hockey League. This milestone in Marleau’s amazing and illustrious NHL career came in a game against the Las Vegas Golden knights in which the San Jose Sharks ended up losing the contest in a shootout with a final score of the game being 3 to 2.
This was the 899th consecutive game in which Patrick has played in which just so happens to be the second longest current iron – man streak amongst active players in the National Hockey League. Marleau has played for three different NHL franchises including the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and of course the San Jose Sharks.
The Former Record Holder
The previous holder of the NHL all – time record for the most games played was “Mr. Hockey” himself, Gordie Howe, with 1,767 career games in the National Hockey League. This long – standing National Hockey League record was took Gordie over 26 NHL seasons to accomplish the incredible and difficult feat. Howe retired at the extremely old age for a professional hockey player as Gordie retired at 51 – years – old. Howe is a Hall of Famer as well as one of the most celebrated NHL hockey players of all – time.
Miraculously Marleau set the new mark of 1,768 NHL games played in was achieved over the course of 23 grueling season in the National Hockey League most of which were played with the San Jose Sharks. Both Howe as well as Marleau are natives of Saskatchewan, Canada which in known as a hockey hot spot to Canadians.
Media Statement from Mark Stone
"As much as you hate your opponent, as much as you want to beat your opponent, you still respect your opponent. I think everyone in our locker room respects the hell out of what he's doing. For him to play 82 games a season, never miss a game, always be there, it speaks volumes about what kind of professional he is," says the captain of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, Mark Stone.
Patrick Marleau’s Hockey Career Awards
- Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics (Vancouver) and the 2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi).
- Named to the WHL West First All – Star Team in 1997.
- Won a World Championships gold medal with Team Canada in 2003.
- Played in the NHL All – Star Game in 2004, 2007, and 2009.
- Named the San Jose Sharks' player of the year in 2004, 2009, and 2010.
- Won a World Cup championship with Team Canada in 2004.
- Named San Jose Mercury News South Bay Sportsperson of the Year in 2006.
- Named a Lady Byng Memorial Trophy finalist in 2007 and 2014.
Patrick Marleau’s Hockey Career Records
- Most NHL regular season games played – 1,768
- San Jose Sharks' all – time leader in goals – 518
- San Jose Sharks' all – time leader in power-play goals – 161
- San Jose Sharks' all – time leader in shorthanded goals – 17
- San Jose Sharks' all – time leader in game-winning goals – 101
- San Jose Sharks' all – time leader in points – 1,102
- San Jose Sharks' all – time leader in shots – 3,899
- San Jose Sharks' all – time leader in games played – 1,551
- San Jose Sharks' all – time leader in consecutive games played – 624
- Most seasons of 10 + goals scored as a San Jose Shark – 20
- Most seasons of 20 + goals scored as a San Jose Shark – 14
- Most seasons of 30 + goals scored as a San Jose Shark – 7
- Became the fastest San Jose Shark to 10 goals in franchise history (6 games).
- Became the fastest San Jose Shark to 30 goals in franchise history (47 games).
- Became the youngest player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 – game mark with one team on January 17, 2011 (against Phoenix).
- Became the first San Jose Shark to score 4 goals in a single period (3rd) on January 23, 2017 (against Colorado).
- Became the first (and only) San Jose Shark to score 500 goals with the team on February 2, 2017 (against Vancouver).
- Became the third – youngest player to 1,000 career NHL games (31 years, 124 days), behind Dale Hawerchuk and Vincent Damphousse.
Odds to Win the NHL 2021 Stanley Cup
According to Intertops sportsbook below are the odds to win the NHL 2021 Stanley Cup as of Tuesday, April 20th, 2021. Currently the San Jose Sharks have the 8th lowest odds to win it all for this exciting 82 game regular season of the National Hockey League in addition to the 2021 NHL playoffs.
|Colorado Avalanche +400|
|Tampa Bay Lightning +650|
|Vegas Golden Knights +650|
|Carolina Hurricanes +700|
|Toronto Maple Leafs +750|
|Washington Capitals +1200|
|Boston Bruins +1400|
|Minnesota Wild +1400|
|New York Islanders +1400|
|Florida Panthers +1600|
|Pittsburgh Penguins +1600|
|Edmonton Oilers +1800|
|Winnipeg Jets +1800|
|Montreal Canadiens +2500|
|St Louis Blues +3300|
|Dallas Stars +3500|
|Nashville Predators +4000|
|New York Rangers +4500|
|Arizona Coyotes +6600|
|Chicago Blackhawks +8000|
|Calgary Flames +10000|
|Philadelphia Flyers +12500|
|San Jose Sharks +12500|
|Vancouver Canucks +12500|
|Los Angeles Kings +20000|
|Columbus Blue Jackets +100000|
|Anaheim Ducks +300000|
|Detroit Red Wings +400000|
|New Jersey Devils +400000|
|Ottawa Senators +500000|
“San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, 41, secures NHL history, sets all-time record for games played, surpassing Gordie Howe”, Greg Wyshynski, espn.com, April 19, 2021.
“How Patrick Marleau broke Gordie Howe's record for NHL longevity”, Greg Wyshynski, espn.com, April 19, 2021.
“After Patrick Marleau's games played mark, six NHL records that could fall next”, Greg Wyshynski, espn.com, April 20, 2021.
“Patrick Marleau”, hockey-reference.com, April 20, 2021.
“United States, NHL Futures, NHL 2021 Stanley Cup: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, April 20, 2021.
Written by: David Green