It was a night of celebration in Las Vegas as Patrick Marleau etched his name in history, passing Gordie Howe to become the NHL's all-time games played leader.
Marleau was named in the starting lineup to make the record official as the puck dropped on his 1,768th NHL game. It was a day 23 years in the making after the 41-year-old was selected second overall by the San Jose Sharks back in 1997.
For the first time in over 59 years, the @NHL has a new all-time leader in games played!
Patrick Marleau is skating in the 1,768th game of his NHL career, passing Gordie Howe for the most in League history. #HistoryMarleaud #NHLStats: https://t.co/D1gQeWm1F3 pic.twitter.com/4X757RecJv
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 20, 2021
Throughout his career, Marleau has met many people both on and off the ice and many of them took the time to congratulate the veteran for achieving the rare milestone.
Congratulations on a historic night Patty! pic.twitter.com/wwt8XIfI0x
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 20, 2021
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 20, 2021
1,768 games. 23 seasons. One amazing career.
Players from around the league marvel at the incredible achievement by the @NHL’s new All-Time Games Played leader, Patrick Marleau. pic.twitter.com/g5wVMd03Yo
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 19, 2021
Write it in the record books:
Most games played in the NHL
Congratulations Patrick Marleau! pic.twitter.com/VFuhUHdpvX
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 20, 2021
It's gonna take us a LONG time to catch up to you https://t.co/812r4dAaGf
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 20, 2021
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) April 20, 2021
— NHL Alumni (@NHLAlumni) April 20, 2021