Monday, January 11, 2016

Patrick Marleau Becomes First Shark to Log 500 Consecutive Games for Franchise

Earlier this year Patrick Marleau became the 83rd player in NHL history to register his 1,000th point. And the milestones keep coming. In Calgary on Monday, the Sasketchewan native became the first player in franchise history to log 500 consecutive games for the franchise.

Marleau is the 22nd NHL player to play in 500 consecutive games, and he's currently third on the NHL's Iron Man list.

Marleau, 36 and in his 19th NHL season is also closing in on goal No. 500.

The speedy Sharks winger is currently fourth among active NHL players in goals.

Here's more on Marleau's streak, per the San Jose Mercury News:

Patrick Marleau will become just the 22nd player in NHL history to play in 500 consecutive games when the Sharks face the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome on Monday.

Marleau began the streak on April 9, 2009 when the Sharks played against the then-Phoenix Coyotes. Starting with that game, he has 151 goals and 174 assists, and is now third on the active ironman list, behind Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks (663 games) and Keith Yandle (510) of the New York Rangers.

“It just means you have a good supporting cast,” Marleau said. “The training staff here has always been good. If you do get some bumps and bruises, they take care of you right away. If there’s some competitive stuff you can you, you work with (strength coach) Mike Potenza and take care of that."