Patrick Marleau Announces Retirement From Hockey

Patrick Marleau announced his retirement from hockey via The Player’s Tribune in a post titled “Thank You, Hockey.”

Marleau is the all-time leader in NHL games played with 1,779. He finishes his career with 556 goals and 1,197 points.

“As with most professional athletes, I feel like I could play forever. I wish I could play forever — my boys would like to see me play for the next 10 years if they could. But there comes a time when I have to be grateful and thankful for the time I have been given and to make way for the next generation to make their own dreams come true.” Marleau said, “Today, I announce my retirement from hockey. ”

Marleau is the San Jose Shark’s all-time leader in goals, powerplay goals, shorthanded goals, game-winning goals, points, shots, games played, and several other categories. He also played in three All-Star games in 2004, 2009, and 2010.

The 42-year-old played 23 seasons but never won a Stanley Cup. He suited up for three different teams, primarily for San Jose, but spent two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and a brief stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Marleau won a World Championship gold medal with Team Canada in 2003, a World Cup gold medal in 2004, and two Winter Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014.

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