Patrick Marleau made NHL history on Monday when he skated in his 1,768. The game, surpassing Gordie Howe and becoming the leading NHL player of all time.
Of his 1,768 NHL games, Marleau played 1,596 with the Sharks, eight with the Penguins and 164 with the Maple Leafs. And, as anyone around the game knows, he left a mark in Toronto, taking under his young stars Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. As well as compliments and congratulations spilled over through social media for the 41-year-old veteran, the duo also sent their love to Marleau.
The Sharks released a video from the pair – which also came with a surprise from Marleau’s former 12-year-old teammate (and 75 days older) Joe Thornton.
“Hey Patty, I just want to congratulate you on the amazing milestones and accomplishments,” Matthews says to start the video. “I know myself and Mitchie, a great honor and privilege to meet you and play with you for two years and build an amazing friendship.”
“We want to thank you for lending us Joe. He’s a constant professional with us all the time,” Marner adds as naked Thornton walks through the door. (Don’t worry, things are blurred).
“Another father figure,” Marner said. “I want to congratulate you on this achievement and have fun with your family friend.”
It’s hard to say if anyone has a flat face because they’re all in masks, according to NHL protocol, but here’s the video: