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San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau in action against the Minnesota Wild during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 17, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won 5-2. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks is poised to break the NHL's all-time games played list Monday night when the Sharks play the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

Marleau is expected to start and once the puck drops, he will have played in 1768 games, breaking Gordie Howe's mark.

Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer coached Marleau in San Jose and marveled at the longevity and on-ice success it took for Marleau to be in position to break the record.

"People have asked me to put the record in perspective or can you compare to somebody else in another sport," DeBoer said. "I think of Patty Marleau I think of Cal Ripken Jr. in baseball. You know what you’re getting every night. He was a gentleman, he was a great teammate, played for a long time and gave you that same thing, that consistency every time he took the field. Patty for me, that’s the great part about his. In a league where we honor and award a gold stick for a thousand games, the fact that this guy has got 1700-plus if you throw playoff games in there, it’s an amazing accomplishment. So I’m glad to have a front row seat for it."

Marleau, 41, is having his family fly into Las Vegas for the game.

Puck drop for the Sharks and Golden Knights is set for 7:00.


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