Sharks to Retire Patrick Marleau’s Jersey Number

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SAN JOSE, CA – The San Jose Sharks announced on July 28th that Patrick Marleau, the NHL’s all-time games played leader and the holder of nearly every Sharks franchise scoring record, will have his No. 12 retired in an on-ice ceremony prior to the Sharks game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sat., Feb. 25, 2023.

He will become the first player to receive this distinguished recognition in Sharks franchise history.

Additional details regarding this special event will be released at a future date.

“As a little boy skating on a frozen pond, my dream was to play in the NHL,” said Marleau. “Never could I have imagined the honor of my jersey hanging in the rafters above the very ice that I played so many of my NHL games on. I cannot begin to the describe the way I feel. I am truly grateful and thankful for this recognition, but also for being able to play in front of the great San Jose Sharks fans for so long. I’ll miss doing so for the rest of my life. Thank you to the Sharks organization, my teammates throughout my career, and especially the fans for this honor of a lifetime. I can’t wait to see you all on Feb. 25.”

“It is only fitting that the first San Jose Sharks player to receive the ultimate franchise recognition of having his number retired is Mr. San Jose Shark himself, Patrick Marleau” said Sharks President Jonathan Becher. “Patty symbolizes the Sharks franchise as much as our famous jersey crest and the color teal. We look forward to celebrating his amazing NHL legacy with Patrick’s family, friends and his legions of fans, many of whom were in the arena when Patrick first stepped on the ice in San Jose in 1997.”

From humble beginnings as a boy growing up in Aneroid, Sask, Marleau ascended to the NHL as a 17-year-old phenom. He proceeded to author one of the more remarkable careers in NHL history, culminating on April 21, 2021 in Las Vegas when he played in his 1,768th NHL game, eclipsing the record held by one of the game’s most iconic legends, Gordie Howe. Howe had become the NHL’s record holder on Nov. 26, 1961, when he played in his 1,000th NHL regular season game.

Marleau concluded his playing career firmly entrenched among the top players in the history of the NHL, as evidenced by his rankings on the League’s all-time lists: First in games played (1,779); 23rd in goals (566); T-7th in game-winning goals (109); 50th in points (1,197); and 81st in assists (631).

With the Sharks franchise, Marleau ranks first in nearly every offensive category, including games played (1,607), goals (522), points (1,111), power-play goals (163), shorthanded goals (17), game-winning goals (101), multi-goal games (67) and shots (3,953). He also ranks second in assists (589), eighth in penalty minutes (481), and eighth in points-per-game (0.69 – min. 200 games). Incredibly, he scored at least one game-winning goal against every NHL team he played against in his career (including the Sharks), except for the Vegas Golden Knights, who didn’t enter the NHL until the 2017-18 season.

Prior to his retirement on May 10, 2022, Marleau had a consecutive regular season games played streak of 910, which places him fifth all time, and was the NHL’s second-longest active streak. The veteran forward had not missed an NHL game he was eligible to play in since April 9, 2009.

Marleau was originally selected by the Sharks with the second overall selection in the 1997 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 1997. At 18 years, six days old, Marleau became the youngest player to make his NHL debut since 1945.

That season, Marleau finished tied for eighth among rookies in games played while also ranking in the top-10 in several offensive categories including points (32, fourth), goals (13, fifth), assists (seventh) and power-play points (7, ninth). He appeared in 74 games his rookie season and, over the next 22 years, that would be the fewest number of games he would play in a full 82-game season.

Of the 385 players to ever don a Sharks uniform for at least one regular season game, Marleau has played alongside 265 of them (69%).

Over the next two decades, Marleau continued to add to his hockey resume:

  • On Dec. 12, 2006 at Washington, Marleau appeared in his 672nd NHL game to take sole possession of first place on the Sharks all-time franchise games played list, surpassing Mike Rathje (671).
  • On Jan. 17, 2010, he appeared in his milestone 1,000th career game to become the first player to play all 1,000 career NHL games in a Sharks uniform.
  • He was the first player from his 1997 draft class to reach 1,000 games and is the third-youngest player in NHL history to accomplish the feat (31 years, 124 days – behind Dale Hawerchuk [30 years, 306 days] and Vincent Damphousse [31 days, 110 days]). Had there not been a work stoppage during the 2004-05 season, Marleau would have been the youngest ever.
  • Collected his 500th NHL goal on Feb. 2, 2017
  • 600th assist on Nov. 8, 2018
  • 1100th NHL point on Nov. 21, 2015.
  • Selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game three times (2004, 2007 and 2009).
  • On Oct. 25, 2019, became the seventh player in NHL history to appear in at least 1,500 games with one franchise.
  • On Dec. 12, 2019 vs. the New York Rangers, Marleau and Joe Thornton became the first pair of teammates to have appeared in 1,600 regular season games and play in the same game together.

He was named the Sharks “Player of the Year” on three occasions: 2004, 2009 and 2010 and the Sharks “Player of the Month nine times. He was name Co-Rookie of the Year in 1997, along with Marco Sturm and Andrei Zyuzin. Additionally, he received the “Three Stars of the Year” Award in 2004 and 2009, and was voted as the winner of the Fan Favorite Award in the first three consecutive seasons the award was presented 2010-2013.

He was a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy twice (2006, 2014), presented “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

Including Stanley Cup Playoff games, Marleau amassed 1,974 career games (195 playoff games) which is second to only Mark Messier’s 1,992 total games. Marleau is also just one of 13 NHL players to skate in at least 23 seasons and is one of 14 players in NHL history to play in four separate decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s).

His 195 Stanley Cup Playoff games are the 23rd most in NHL history, and his appearance in the playoffs in 20 different seasons is tied for the third most. In the postseason, Marleau has recorded 127 points (72 goals, 55 assists) and ranks tied for 14th all-time in playoff goals and tied for 49th in playoff points.

Internationally, Marleau played for the gold-medal winning Team Canada in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, represented Canada in the 2014 World Cup of Hockey (gold medal), and has appeared in four World Championships (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005).


Game #1              Oct. 1, 1997         San Jose vs. Edmonton

Game #100         Dec. 10, 1998      San Jose at Nashville

Game #200         Jan. 8, 2000         San Jose vs. Florida

Game #300         March 1, 2001    San Jose at Ottawa

Game #400         Oct. 19, 2002      San Jose vs. Colorado

Game #500         Nov. 26, 2003     San Jose vs. Chicago

Game #600         Jan. 14, 2006       San Jose at Montreal

Game #700         Feb. 24, 2007      San Jose at Calgary

Game #800         Oct. 17, 2008      San Jose at Anaheim

Game #900         Dec. 1, 2009        San Jose vs. Ottawa

Game #999         Jan. 15, 2011       San Jose vs. St. Louis

Game #1,000     Jan. 17, 2011       San Jose at Phoenix

Game #1,200     Dec. 19, 2013      San Jose at Los Angeles

Game #1,300     Feb. 5, 2015        San Jose at Vancouver

Game #1,400     Mar. 19, 2016     San Jose vs. New York Rangers

Game #1,500     Oct. 18, 2017      San Jose vs. Detroit

Game #1,600     Nov. 26, 2018     San Jose vs. Boston

Game #1,700     Jan. 11, 2020       San Jose vs. Dallas

Game #1,767     Apr. 17, 2021      San Jose at Minnesota

Game #1,768     Apr. 19, 2021      San Jose at Vegas

Game #1,779     May 12, 2021      San Jose at Vegas