Game No 1,768 and a piece of history for evergreen MarleauSports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 21 Apr 2021
San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau broke ice hockey legend Gordie Howe's record for the most appearances in NHL history, playing his 1,768th game in a 3-2 defeat to the Vegas Golden Knights.
The 41-year-old made his 899th consecutive appearance to surpass fellow Canadian Howe in the all-time standings.
Marleau's milestone appearance was given a salute at the first break in play, with an announcement in the stadium.
After the game, the Golden Knights players lined up to shake hands with Marleau, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with Canada who has never won the sport's biggest prize, the Stanley Cup.
Asked why he continued to play, an emotional Marleau replied: "I just love it."