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Top 10 Moments of 2016-17: #Marleau500

Patrick Marleau reaches milestone of a lifetime with 500 career goals

by Casey Krygier /

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.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: 5������0������0������ #Marleau500

Even though the milestone was accomplished on the road in Vancouver, there were still Sharks fans in attendance to celebrate.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Getting to see #Marleau500 in person: priceless.

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.

Tweet from @Grandmapavs8: I really don't know what a # is but I guess I need to #Marleau500

Tweet from @Burnzie88: @SanJoseSharks Congrats To Patty... great guy and ridiculous athlete... what a Beast! #500club #funruntime

Tweet from @Jeremy_Roenick: Congrats to Patrick Marleau scoring his 500th @NHL goal! What an accomplishment. Amazing player and an impressive career. #500goalclub #SJS

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. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Another standing ovation for Patrick Marleau. ������ #Marleau500

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Bringing out the adorable for #Marleau500.

There's no doubt that Mr. San Jose has had one heck of a career so far.

Video: Patrick Marleau 500 Goals Tribute

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