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Marleau sets NHL record with 1,768th game

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau broke ice hockey legend Gordie Howe’s record for the most appearances in National Hockey League history on Monday, playing his 1,768th game in a 2-3 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. A recorded message of congratulations from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman marked the moment as Marleau acknowledged a standing ovation from fans with his stick raised aloft. “To be merely mentioned in the same sentence as Gordie Howe is an achievement most hockey players can only dream about,” Bettman said in his message. “To break one of his records is historic.” After the game, the Golden Knights players lined up to shake hands with Marleau. Marleau is a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Canada’s national team but has never won ice hockey’s biggest prize, the Stanley Cup, during a career that has straddled four decades.


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