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Sharks, NHL community applaud Marleau for games record

Forward set to pass Gordie Howe for No. 1 spot on all-time list Monday

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

The San Jose Sharks sent Patrick Marleau a special gift for what was an incredible night.

The Sharks forward received brand new commemorative gloves that acknowledged his accomplishment as the NHL's career games-played leader, which he became on Monday against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. His 1,768th game broke the previous mark set by Gordie Howe.

Marleau's gloves were black with gold writing that said "most games played in NHL history" and the logos of the Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom Marleau has played every game of his 23 seasons.

Marleau played in his 1,596th game as a member of the Sharks, and they went all-out to celebrate the achievement. Goalie Martin Jones even got a customized helmet, which features Marleau and his No. 12 all over the mask.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Martin Jones had a special goalie mask created just for tonight 💙

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: All in the details ���The #SJSharks are celebrating Patty with hoodies, workout gear, custom nameplates and helmet stickers.

Many of Marleau's former teammates took to social media to laud the accomplishment.

Former Maple Leafs teammate, and one-time self-proclaimed adult son of Marleau, Mitchell Marner, shared a hearfelt congratulatory post on Instagram. It accompanied a video of him, along with Auston Matthews and Marleau's sons rocking out to "YMCA" in the Marleau family car.

"Congrats brother!! What's an amazing accomplishment you're breaking tonight! Wish we could celebrate with you but we will be watchin! 1768." Marner wrote.

"Legendary person and legendary player. Congrats on the all time games played record brother. So happy for you!! #1768," Matthews wrote on his Instagram page.

Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski, who played 13 seasons with Marleau in San Jose, said the accomplishment was "amazing" and "hard to even put into words" in a video shared by the Stars on Twitter.

Tweet from @DallasStars: "It's amazing, it's hard to even put in words." @jpav8 talks about his former teammate, Patrick Marleau, who is about to break the all-time @NHL games played record tonight.

Marleau may have never officially donned a Carolina Hurricanes uniform, though he was briefly under contract with them in 2019 when they acquired the veteran and a first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft via trade. Marleau and the Hurricanes agreed to a buyout before he returned to the Sharks, but they paid their respects to a "Canes legend."

Tweet from @Canes: Congratulations to a #Canes legend 💪

The Sharks have been celebrating the feat all day leading up to the record-breaking game and shared a quote that was very, very Marleau on Instagram.

"There's a game to be played tonight and there's a lot of things going on at the same time," Marleau said. "Trying to balance both of those things and make sure I'm ready to play when the puck drops, but also take it all in at the same time."

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