Apparently, only 8,072 players have played at least one regular season NHL encounter in just over a century, starting with the first season in 1917-18.
Gold the Sharks striker Patrick marleau is on the verge of pulling off one of the most impressive feats in the world of sports: tying the record of 1,767 games played in the regular season of Gordie Howe, “Monsieur Hockey”, died in 2016 …
Marleau, who returned to San Jose signing a one-year contract this season, played 1,594 of his 1,766 games with San Jose, who selected him second overall in the 1997 NHL Draft. He also played 164 games for Toronto from 2017 to 2019 as well as eight games for Pittsburgh last season.
Marleau and Howe have one or two things in common: Basically, both wanted to play in NHL, and both have played so long because they are lovers of their sport. At 52, Howe didn’t want to retire and he was upset that the Whalers decided to go in another direction. At 41, Marleau, who is ending the last season of his contract, wants to continue playing as long as possible …
If all goes according to plan, Marleau will overtake Howe and set a new record when the Sharks go to play in Las Vegas on Monday.
Matching “Mr. Hockey”: @SanJoseSharks forward Patrick Marleau (1,766 GP) is set to tie Gordie Howe (1,767 GP) for first on the all-time games played list when he hits the ice tonight. https://t.co/UesuUDoOz5 #NHLStats
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