Patrick Marleau entered the 2016-17 season with 481 career goals under his belt, on the brink of the big 500! Throughout the season he steadily chipped away at the milestone, notching one goal games here and there. It wasn't until he scored 4 goals against the Avalanche on January 2, 2017 when the real anticipation for the milestone set in.
Two goals and three games later, on February 2, 2017, Patrick Marleau became the 45th player in the history of the NHL to score 500 goals. Yeah, it's a big deal.
Even though the milestone was accomplished on the road in Vancouver, there were still Sharks fans in attendance to celebrate.
It didn't take long for #Marleau500 to sweep the Twitter-verse. Even Grandma Pavelski got on board, along with current and former teammates and fans who tweeted in congratulations.
Patrick Marleau's milestone was celebrated a few times at SAP Center, both unofficially and officially. The first home game back at the Tank since the goal, was a scene of standing-ovation. Then again for the on-ice ceremony where Marleau was joined by his four little Marleaus.
There's no doubt that Mr. San Jose has had one heck of a career so far.
Video: Patrick Marleau 500 Goals Tribute