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San Jose Sharks legend Patrick Marleau,
the NHL’s all-time leader in regular-season games played, announced
his retirement on Tuesday.
Marleau, who didn’t play during the
2021-22 season, confirmed the decision in a piece for The Players’
Tribune entitled “Thank You, Hockey.”
“It’s bittersweet for sure, but I
have so much to look forward to. Who knows what the world has in
store for me. If you would have told that kid on the frozen pond that
he would break a games-played record held by none other than Gordie
Howe, he would have thought you were crazy. It was never something I
aimed for; it was just me loving this game so much that I never, ever
wanted to hang up my skates. I am beyond lucky to have had the career
I had, but I did not get here by myself.”
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