When you think of the records of the National Hockey League (NHL), the countless marks left by Wayne Gretzky are the most imaginative ones. However, it will take several years for a product that Patrick Marleau has just built to surpass Gordie Howe in the games he plays.
Not to mention that Marleau hasn’t succumbed yet.
“The achievement he just achieved is legendary. Yes, some Wayne Gretzky records will never match. But to play a lot of games in your career, you must perform well before the age of 40. It applies to natural phenomena, such as [Chris] Chelios, [Jaromir] Jagger and him. “
These words come from Stéphane Matteau. The Quebecer was acquired by the Sharks in July 1997 and arrived in San Jose at the same time as the Sharks’ first-round pick (second overall) Marlowe that summer.
“He is an introverted young man, but he has been doing his own business. He took care of his body jealously. Not so, he hardly misses games due to injuries, and he can surpass Gordy Howie .
At that time, the shark who participated in the Bateman tour in the fall of 1992 was trying to escape the shadows. They have taken the initiative to guide young hopefuls to become veterans. With this in mind, Matou was acquired. In the following season, Vincent Damphousse (Vincent Damphousse) did the same.
“At the age of 19, Patrick was very fast. He was a natural skater. “This is his main talent, and it is this talent that has kept him in the league for a long time,” “Duffy recalled this week. Earlier he also joined the competition with the “Montreal Montreal Journal”.
Damphousse played in the NHL until he was 36 years old. The busy career of 18 seasons and 1,378 games is the envy of most hockey players, but compared to Marleau, this is nothing. It’s easy to say.
Patrick is an exception. The former Canadian captain said that he is 41 years old and he is not even talking about retirement.
In addition, when you take a census of his games, we realize that Marleau only missed 35 of his team’s 1,803 games. Therefore, his attendance rate remains at 98.1%.
“This is incredible,” Duffus said. In addition, if you want to keep your “job”, you must be able to keep it going. From the age of 35, this is not easy. You must have a good skate. “
Leaving the infirmary for a 23-year career is indeed a feat. In the past few years, we have seen some players play hundreds of games.