San Jose Sharks great Patrick Marlowe retires after 23 seasons

Patrick Marlowe He’s officially hanging up his ski boots.

The 42-year-old announced his retirement from hockey on Tuesday, closing the book on a 23-year career he spent between San Jose, Toronto and Pittsburgh. Through 1,779 games, Marlowe has amassed 566 goals and 1,197 points, while adding another 72 goals and 127 points in 195 post-season competitions.

Marlowe played 21 of his seasons with the Sharks, who picked the player from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, as second overall in the 1997 NHL Draft entry. While Marlowe has never won a Stanley Cup, he holds the Sharks’ franchise records in professional matches played , goals (522), points (1111), goals of strong play (163), short goals (17), match winning goals (101) and shots (3953).

On April 19, 2021, Marlowe also broke the NHL record for most games played (1768), previously held by Jordi Howe.

The veteran did not wear any clothes for any team in the 2021-22 season after appearing in 56 games with San Jose last season.

In the Players’ Tribune article that came out on Tuesday, Marlowe considered finally moving away from the game he loves.

“It’s definitely bittersweet,” Marlowe wrote, “but I have a lot to look forward to.” “Who knows what the world has in store for me. If you were to tell that kid in the frozen pond that he was going to break the record-played games that only Jordi Howe owns, he would have thought you were crazy. I was never aiming for something; I was just in love This game is such that I never wanted to hang my skates.”

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Marlow also left a special shout out to his longtime San Jose teammate Joe Thorntonwho was one point ahead in the 1997 draft.

“Jumbo and I got into this league together, and I was lucky enough to be able to share ice with him for more than half of my career,” Marlowe said. “Your positive outlook has always been contagious. Thank you for all those great passes, Joe. You’re not just a teammate, but a friend for life.”

Marlowe’s hockey success has gone beyond just the NHL, too. He was a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Canada (in 2010 and 2014) and won gold at both the 2003 World Championships and the 2004 World Cup.

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