San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, 41, ties Gordie Howe's record of 1,767 games played

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On Saturday night, when the San Jose Sharks faced off against the Minnesota Wild, veteran forward Patrick Marleau, 41, tied Gordie Howe's record of 1,767 games played.
Patrick Marleau tied Gordie Howe's mark of 1,767 games played on Saturday night, when the San Jose Sharks played the Minnesota Wild.

On Monday night, health permitting, he will set a new NHL record, against the Vegas Golden Knights.

It will add to a lengthy list of accomplishments, of course, for the 41-year-old Marleau, who had 566 goals headed into Saturday night's game, to go along with 1,196 points, three All-Star appearances and two Olympic gold medals for Canada in 2010 and 2014.

"Just first and foremost is loving the game and I just love being out there and playing," Marleau said Thursday as he approached Howe's record. "Obviously, every kid's dream is to hoist that Stanley Cup, so I've been chasing it all this time and that goal hasn't changed for me, since you know what the Stanley Cup's about."

Indeed, the Stanley Cup has eluded Marleau, who made it to the Final once in 2016 in a career with many playoff disappointments.

But it is his supreme skating skill and dependability that has allowed him to play 896 consecutive games since last missing a contest when he was 29 that will be his legacy. He has played through bouts with the flu, various other bumps and bruises and even chartered a plane to join his teammates in Nashville for a game in 2009 after the birth of one of his sons.

"I want to be looked upon when I'm gone that I gave it my all," he said. "Enjoyed the game, loved the game, loved being around the team, loved winning games. Those are…
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