The legendary patrick marleau has announced his retirement after 23 seasons playing in the NHL. The 42-year-old ex-player had not played in the NHL since the 2019-2020 season, where he scored nine points in 56 games.
Marleau leaves the league as one of the greatest legends in hockey history, and in particular, of the Saints. Joseph Sharks. The Canadian attacker played there 21 seasons where he holds the records of games played, goals and pointsbeing second in assists behind the also excellent Joe Thornton.
To summarize it a little more precisely, in his career with the Sharks he played 1,607 games, where he scored 1,111 points, with 522 goals and 589 assists, in addition to becoming the most capped player in league history with 1,779 caps.
Toronto and Pittsburgh, their other homes
Although it seems impossible that ‘Mr. Shark ‘has ever left the California franchise team, he spent two periods away from the Western Conference. After 20 years (1997-2017), he put Course to Toronto Maple Leafs, where he was acquired mainly to be the mentor of the great promises that were in the Canadian attack such as Matthews, Marner or Wylander, whom he developed despite not getting any important path in the league playoffs.
After their second stint in San José, the Sharks they let Marleau go to Pittsburgh so that the attacker could fight for a Stanley Cup that has always resisted himand his dream with the Penguins did not last long as they were eliminated in four games by the Montreal Canadians.
Obviously, the last number 2 team in the 1997 draft was his home, the San Joseph Sharks, with whom he played the 2019-2020 campaign. Despite going almost two years without putting on the skates, Marleau has recognized that has not made the decision to retire until shortly before announcing itin addition to adding that the last year without competing has been very hard for him.