Marleau made the announcement with a post in The Players Tribune.
“Thank you, hockey.
For the lessons. The laughs. The tears. You let me live out my dreams.”
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) May 10, 2022
“Today, I announce my retirement from hockey, ” wrote Marleau. “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.”
In 23 seasons in the NHL with San Jose, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Pittsburgh Penguins, Marleau played 1,779 games, the most by any player in league history. In that time he amassed 566 goals and 1,197 points in the regular season as well as 72 goals and 127 points in 195 postseason games.
A look back at Patrick Marleau's historic NHL career 🥺 pic.twitter.com/uJrZjnnkPc
— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) May 10, 2022
Marleau was never able to win a Stanley Cup but he retires as the all-time Sharks leader in career games played, goals (522), points (1,111), power-play goals (163), shorthanded goals (17), game-winning goals (101) and shots (3,953).
He also won two Olympic gold medals with Canada, in 2010 and 2014, and won gold at both the 2003 World Championships and 2004 World Cup.
The news that Marleau was retiring brought out tons of reactions and much appreciation for the all-timer.
Mr. San Jose Shark 💙
Thank you, Patrick Marleau. pic.twitter.com/lgibrpTL8B
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) May 10, 2022
"I can’t stress this one enough: thank you to the people of San Jose and the Sharks franchise… I hope I have left a history that you and the city can be proud of."
— Jonathan Becher (@jbecher) May 10, 2022
— SHARK CITY HOCKEY (@SharkCityHockey) May 10, 2022
Just an awesome person. Enjoyed our many chats over the years. Such a classy guy. Wishing Patrick Marleau the very best in retirement. 👏 https://t.co/Yn3N8gpa9z
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 10, 2022
Congrats on a great career!! https://t.co/PCFaXTXYpK
— Corey Hirsch (@CoreyHirsch) May 10, 2022
After 1,779 games, Patrick Marleau has announced his retirement from the NHL.
Congrats on a historic career! 👏 pic.twitter.com/PYvT5RLVod
— NHL (@NHL) May 10, 2022