SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau tonight became just the 45th player in NHL history to reach the historic 500-goal plateau, scoring his milestone marker against Ryan Miller of the Vancouver Canucks. The goal was assisted by Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns. Marleau becomes the first player in franchise history to score all 500 goals in a Sharks uniform, and is just the 21st player to reach this milestone with one team.
Among the NHL's all-time scorers, Marleau ranks tied for 44th in goals (500), tied for 6th in game-winning goals (97) and tied for 64th in points (1064). 19.4% of Marleau's 500 career NHL goals have been game-winners.
Marleau is the fifth active NHL player to score 500 goals, including Jaromir Jagr (758), Jarome Iginla (617), Alex Ovechkin (550), and Marian Hossa (517). He joins Teemu Selanne (684) and Jeremy Roenick (513) as the only Sharks in the 500-goal club, and is just the second player to score his milestone 500th goal as a member of the Sharks (Roenick).
Marleau holds nearly every major statistical Sharks franchise record, including: games played (1,463), goals (500), points (1,064), power-play goals (158), shorthanded goals (17), overtime goals (9) and game-winning goals (97).
Among active NHL players, he ranks near the top in several categories, including: games played (1,463, 4th), goals (500, 5th), points (1,064, 5th), power-play goals (158, 4th) and game-winning goals (97, T-2nd).
He also ranks 10th amongst NHL players who have played their entire career with one franchise.
This season, Marleau has posted 19 goals and 9 assists in 52 games, including tying a franchise-record with four goals on Jan. 23 at Colorado. He became the first player since Mario Lemieux on Jan. 26, 1997 to score four goals in a third period.
Marleau has been selected to represent Canada seven times overall, capturing the gold medal in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.
He was originally selected second overall by the Sharks in the 1997 NHL Draft, one slot behind teammate Joe Thornton.