Patrick Marleau passed Mark Messier for second all-time in NHL games played at 1,757 on Monday. After passing Messier, Marleau is only 10 games behind Gordie Howe, who owns the all-time record with 1,767 NHL games played.
Marleau’s Sharks ended up beating the Wild 4-3 via a lengthy shootout on Monday.
- Howe: 1,767
- Marleau: 1,757
- Messier: 1,756
- Jaromir Jagr: 1,733
- Ron Francis: 1,731
- Joe Thornton: 1,659 (counting Monday)
- Mark Recchi: 1,658
- Chris Chelios: 1,651
- Dave Andreychuk: 1,639
- Scott Stevens: 1,635
Stick taps to Patrick Marleau as he skates in his 1,757th career #NHL game.
— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) March 30, 2021
Marleau passes Messier for second in games played at 1,757; 10 behind Howe
If healthy Marleau could pass Howe during the remainder of the 2020-21 season. The Sharks are slated to play 22 additional games. Naturally, with COVID-19, it’s not a guarantee that there won’t be any additional interruptions.
Most importantly, getting that far would require continued health.
That sheer volume of 1,757 games is already impressive stuff from Marleau. If you want more evidence of Patrick Marleau’s remarkable durability, consider his active “ironman” streak, too. After Monday’s Sharks – Wild game, Marleau’s now played 888 games in a row. That’s the fourth-longest ironman streak in NHL history.
After being held pointless on Monday, Marleau is at 564 goals and 630 assists for 1,194 points in 1,757 career regular-season games. It’s been a quiet season for him, though, as he has two goals and six points in 34 games played.