Marleau passes Gordie Howe for most NHL games played with 1,768


San Jose Sharks winger Patrick Marleau eclipsed Gordie Howe’s all-time record for NHL games played Monday night versus the Vegas Golden Knights, lacing up the skates in his 1,768th career contest.

Here’s a look at the leaderboard:

Rank Player Games
1 Patrick Marleau 1768*
2 Gordie Howe 1767
3 Mark Messier 1756
4 Jaromir Jagr 1733
5 Ron Francis 1731
6 Joe Thornton 1669*

* – active player

Howe had held the record since 1980. Mr. Hockey played until he was 51, but he was a member of the World Hockey Association for six years.

Marleau, 41, is in his 23rd NHL season. He’s played 21 of those with the Sharks, and he also had stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was drafted second overall in 1997 and sits 23rd all time with 566 goals. In 2021, Marleau’s notched eight points in 44 games.


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