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This week one of the most storied NHL records fell when Patrick Marleau played his 1,768th game, surpassing Gordie Howe. Other than the record, Marleau’s career may not rival that of Howe, but the longtime San Jose Sharks forward has had an extremely impressive run.
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, more than two-thirds of NHL fans believe Marleau’s career is deserving of induction to the Hall of Fame.
The number of fans that think he will reach the Hall, deserving or not, is even higher.
Marleau’s recent accomplishment makes it next to impossible for him to not get inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, but the debate over if he would be in the running if he didn’t hold the all-time games played record is a contentious one. In 1769 games played as of this writing, Marleau has 566 goals and 631 assists. That’s good for fourth among active players. The current leader is former teammate Joe Thornton, who began his career the same year Marleau did, and has 1522 points currently. The two players between them, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, both began their careers nearly a decade later than Marleau.
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