When a 41-year-old son of the Canadian Prairie takes his first shift for the San Jose Sharks on Monday night in Las Vegas, he will release a legend’s grasp on one of the National Hockey League’s most celebrated records.
Patrick Marleau will play his 1,768th game, more than anybody else in league history. That includes Gordie Howe, the Hall of Famer whom Marleau will surpass on Monday night. The Sharks’ center took 23 years to pass Howe, who played 26 seasons in the NHL before retiring at 51.
During those 26 seasons, Howe made the All-Star team 21 times, won four Stanley Cups, six Hart Memorial Trophies as the NHL’s most
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