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by Paul on 01/17/11 at 02:31 PM ET
SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau will play his 1,000th NHL game today against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona at 1 p.m. PST, becoming the first player in franchise history to play all 1,000 games in a Sharks uniform. He will be recognized in a special ceremony prior to the Sharks home game at HP Pavilion Feb. 1, also against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Marleau becomes the 257th player in NHL history and the sixth player this season to reach the 1,000 NHL game milestone (Sergei Gonchar, Ryan Smyth, Mike Grier, Craig Conroy and Ed Jovanovski). Dallas’ Jamie Langenbrunner is also scheduled to hit 1,000 games later today, making him the 258th player in history and seventh this season to accomplish the feat.
The Aneroid, Saskatchewan native is the first player from his 1997 draft class to reach 1,000 games and is the third-youngest player in NHL history to accomplish the feat (31 years, 124 days – behind Dale Hawerchuk [30 years, 306 days] and Vincent Damphousse [31 days, 110 days]). Had there not been a work stoppage during the 2004-05 season, Marleau would have been the youngest ever. He is the youngest player to accomplish the feat playing all of his 1,000 games with only one team.
Marleau currently has the sixth-most NHL games played amongst active players that have spent their entire career in one organization.
The 31-year old was drafted second overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and is the all-time franchise leader in games played (999), goals (337), points (726), shots (2,350), power play goals (105) and game-winning goals (61). Marleau, who served as team captain from 2004-2009, was also the all-time franchise leader in assists (389) until last Saturday night when teammate Joe Thornton passed him (390).
Additional career highlights include being named “Sharks Player of the Year” three times (2003-04, 2008-09, 2009-10), earning “Sharks Player of the Month” honors six times (most recently in Oct. of 2009) and winning the PlayStation “Three Stars of the Game” Award twice (2003-04, 2008-09).
Marleau was named a PlayStation “Sharks Rookie of the Year” co-winner during his rookie campaign (1997-98) and also named the co-winner of the 1999-00 “Sharks Iron Man Award.” A three-time NHL All-Star (2009, 2007, 2004), he has been named NHL Offensive Player of the Week twice (Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2005 and Feb. 5-11, 2006) and NHL Player of the Week (Third Star) from Oct. 19-25, 2009. “Patty” has recorded three NHL hat tricks, most recently Nov. 27, 2009 at Edmonton.
Internationally, the six-foot, 220 pound forward helped Team Canada win the 2010 Gold Medal at the Winter Games in Vancouver. He has participated in four World Championships (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005) and was selected to Canada’s roster for the 2004 World Cup.
Marleau has appeared in 106 career postseason contests, registering 75 points (45 goals, 30 assists) and 50 penalty minutes. He ranks first overall in points, games played, goals and game-winning goals (12) in all-time Sharks playoff scoring. Marleau’s 34 post-season goals since the 2003-04 season rank third among all active NHL players.
added 3:01pm, Please note the following correction:
Marleau becomes the 259th player in NHL history and the sixth player this season to reach the 1,000 NHL game milestone (Sergei Gonchar, Ryan Smyth, Mike Grier, Craig Conroy and Ed Jovanovski). Dallas’ Jamie Langenbrunner is also scheduled to hit 1,000 games later today, making him the 260th player in history and seventh this season to accomplish the feat.
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