The longtime Sharks winger had spent his entire career—all 19 NHL seasons—with the Sharks before signing a three-year, $18.75-million deal with the Maple Leafs, and was a consistent fan favourite with the California club.
On Sunday, the Sharks made a sentimental gesture when they bought a full-page ad in Bay Area newspaper The Mercury News to thank Marleau for his two decades of service:
Marleau, 37, registered 508 goals and 574 assists for 1,082 points in 1,493 games since being drafted No. 2 overall by the Sharks in 1997.
The Sharks will be seeing him soon—Marleau and his Maple Leafs will visit San Jose for a game on Oct. 30.