Is Patrick Marleau going to officially announce his retirement this Tuesday?
The San Jose Sharks announced today that Marleau would hold a press conference at SAP Center this Tuesday at 11 AM to “make an announcement regarding the future of his hockey career.” Sharks president Jonathan Becher and interim general manager Joe Will will be among those in attendance.
The 42-year-old hasn’t played since the 2020-21 campaign. He finished that season with the San Jose Sharks with four goals and five assists in 56 games.
If this is indeed Patrick Marleau’s farewell, he will retire as the NHL’s leader in All-Time Games Played at 1,779. He broke Gordie Howe’s hallowed record last season on Apr. 19 in Las Vegas. He will also depart at 910 Consecutive Games Played, the fifth-longest mark in NHL history.
Patrick Marleau was drafted second-overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1997 NHL Draft, behind fellow Sharks legend Joe Thornton. Marleau enjoyed three stints in teal, from 1997-2017, the beginning of the 2019-20 season, and the entire 2020-21 campaign. He also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The speedy, durable forward holds a bevy of significant Sharks regular season franchise records, amassing 1,607 games played, 522 goals, 1,111 points, 342 even strength goals, 163 power play goals, 17 short-handed goals, 101 game-winning goals, and 3,953 shots in San Jose.
Marleau also paces the franchise in the playoffs with 177 games played, 68 goals, 120 points, and 457 shots. Marleau skated in the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and the Western Conference Finals in 2004, 2010, and 2011 as a member of the Sharks.
“When you say Patrick Marleau,” fellow long-time Shark Marc-Edouard Vlasic said last year, “I’ll say he’s the greatest Shark to ever wear the jersey.”
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