When Sharks center Patrick Marleau skates in his first shift Monday night, he will officially become the NHL’s all-time leader in games played, at 1768. He will surpass record-holding Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey. since Marleau, now 41, was only 204 days old (i.e. April 6, 1980).
It’s a special night for Marleau, the Sharks, the Golden Knights, the NHL, hockey historians – and, now, the editors.
Well, the Sharks tweeted pictures of gloves made especially for Marleau. The black CCM mittens were embroidered with gold stitching and, on one of the gloves, featured the stage marker: “Most Games Played in NHL History 1768th NHL Games.
Yikes. Not to be grammar nerds, but in this last section, it should either read “1768th NHL Game” or “1768 NHL Game”.
Uh, not both.
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It’s also worth noting the other glove sports he’s skated for in those 1,768 games – the Sharks (1,596), Penguins (eight) and Maple Leafs (164). Very cool, right? Well, there’s a slight problem: The Leafs logo isn’t the one the team used when they were there in 2017-19. The logo on the gloves was last worn by the club in 2015-16, according to SportsLogos.net.
Sporting News have confirmed that Marleau will not be wearing the gloves for Monday’s historic game; so maybe he can have them repaired before putting them in his collector’s case.
And maybe, when he gets the redesign, he can add the Hurricanes – who felt a bit left behind.
sad we did not do the gloves tbh
– Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) April 19, 2021
Marleau was a member of the Hurricanes organization for about five days when he was traded to the club by the Leafs on June 22, 2019 and then bought out five days later. As the hurricane Twitter handle responded to a fan who said he had never skated in a game for the Carolina franchise, “in all honesty, we never said he did.”