Patrick Marleau to become first player to have number retired by Sharks

San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) waves to the crowd during a small ceremony to mark his passing Gordie Howe for most NHL games played in the first period of an NHL hockey game. (John Locher/AP)

The San Jose Sharks will raise Patrick Marleau's iconic No. 12 to the rafters on Feb. 25, 2023, making him the first player in franchise history to have his jersey retired, the team announced Thursday.

Marleau announced his retirement in May after playing 23 NHL seasons and a league-record 1,779 games, surpassing Gordie Howe late last season.

Of those 1,779 games, 1,607 came with the Sharks, in which he produced 522 goals and 1,111 points -- both franchise records.

The 42-year-old was selected second overall by the franchise in 1997 and played his first 19 seasons in San Jose.

The Swift Current, Sask., native then played two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs before re-joining the Sharks in 2019-20. Marleau was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline that year but re-joined the Sharks again last season for his final campaign.

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