Marleau passes Messier for No. 2 on NHL games played list


Move over Mark Messier, a Sharks legend is climbing up the NHL career leaderboards.

Patrick Marleau surpassed Messier for No. 2 on the league's career games played list in Monday night's contest against the Minnesota Wild, suiting up for his 1,757th NHL game at SAP Center.

Marleau was drafted second overall by the Sharks in 1997, and has played 1,585 of those games with the franchise.

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The 41-year-old now trails all-time leader Gordie Howe (1,767) by just ten games, and assuming he doesn't miss one, would pass the hockey legend on April 19, when the Sharks take on the Vegas Golden Knights.

In addition to games played, Marleau is the franchise's all-time leader in shots, goals and points.

Marleau has said this season that he isn't quite ready to hang up his skates, so we could see him add to his record even after the 2021 regular season comes to a close.