On Thursday, the San Jose Sharks introduced Patrick Marleau’s No. 12 could be formally retired by the group in a ceremony scheduled for February 25 of subsequent yr.
After 23 seasons within the NHL, the 42-year-old retired on the finish of the 2021-22 season because the league’s all-time chief in video games performed (1,779).
“As a little bit boy skating on a frozen pond, my dream was to play within the NHL,” Marleau stated within the Sharks’ press launch. “By no means might I’ve imagined the consideration of my jersey hanging within the rafters above the very ice that I performed so a lot of my NHL video games on. I can not start to explain the way in which I really feel. I’m actually grateful and grateful for this recognition, but additionally for having the ability to play in entrance of the good San Jose Sharks followers for thus lengthy. I will miss doing so for the remainder of my life. Thanks to the Sharks group, my teammates all through my profession, and particularly the followers for this honor of a lifetime. I can not wait to see you all on Feb. 25.”
Chosen No. 2 general within the 1997 NHL Draft, Marleau spent 21 seasons in San Jose, enjoying 1,607 of his 1,779 profession video games carrying the Sharks’ black and teal.
Marleau is the Sharks’ franchise chief in video games performed (1,607), targets (522) and factors (1,111).