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Sharks thank Marleau with full-page ad in local newspaper

San Jose sends off former captain who signed in Toronto on July 3 @NHL

The San Jose Sharks said goodbye to Patrick Marleau the old-fashioned way.

The Sharks took out a full-page ad in the Mercury News on Sunday to thank Marleau for his accomplishments in nearly two decades with the franchise.

Tweet from @PollakOnSharks: Old school: Full-page ad in Sunday's Merc from #SJSharks thanks Marleau for all he accomplished here.

The ad says "Thank you Patty from your friends at the San Jose Sharks" and celebrates the franchise leader in games (1,493), goals (508) and points (1,082).

Marleau was selected by the Sharks with the second pick of the 1997 NHL Draft, then spent the next 19 seasons in San Jose before signing a three-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 3.

Marleau was San Jose's captain from 2004-09 and helped the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 17 times during his tenure, and the Stanley Cup Final in 2016.

He was also generous with his time in San Jose, doing charitable works for Ronald McDonald House in the Bay Area and giving a home to "Jo Paw-velski," the stray kitten who found herself onto the ice before a Sharks playoff game against the Nashville Predators in 2016.

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