Alexa, who has played the most games in the history of the NHL?
Alexa: Patrick Marleau, who as of Monday April the 19th has played 1768 career NHL games surpassing former record holder Gordie Howe who finished his career with 1767 NHL games played.
Don’t like it? Tough. Patrick Marleau has accomplished something amazing and don’t get me wrong there has been tons of support and congratulations going around recognizing that it is a major accomplishment, one that will likely never be surpassed.
But then you have has-been sports column writers (do people still buy newspapers?) wetting their diapers about how the record was broken. Insinuating that Patrick Marleau has kept hanging on for the sole purpose of breaking the record as if it has nothing to do with him loving the game and still being healthy enough to compete at a high level. Suggesting he should have stopped playing before breaking the record out of respect, are these people serious? Apparently so.
Milt Dunnell wrote 11,000 columns for The Star. I’ll never catch him. But, if I were to reach 10,999, I’d stop.
There’s much to admire about Patrick Marleau, as a hockey player and as a human being.
— Rosie DiManno (@RDiManno) April 19, 2021
That tweet is from an actual sports writer at an actual sports publication called the Toronto Star.
Hart Trophies won
Ovie – Lemieux – Orr – Clarke – Morenz all 3
Marleau once finishined 9th in Hart voting.
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) April 19, 2021
Or How about this one from well renowned sports journalist Steve Simmons who has brought you classic pieces such as;
- Leaking private medial information of NHL players
- Writing and exaggerating about how Phil Kessel ate hot dogs every day, the day Kessel was traded: (hard hitting stuff)
- calling William Nylander a piece of Ikea Furniture on the front page, because Nylander is Swedish. So clever.
- Calling a Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee an idiot for not attending a Hall of Fame event.
The List goes on and on with this hack who looks for any excuse to deminish other peoples accomplishments to build his own self worth back up at the end of a mediocre writing career.
But alas, some people live to tear other people down when they accomplish something great as a means to somehow make themselves feel better about their own shortcomings.
At the end of the day the people that matter respect this accomplishment; the fans, his teammates and his peers as evidenced by this great moment that happened following the game Monday night.
Patrick Marleau is a legend. He may not have won the awards Gordie Howe did, he may not have had the success that Howe did either. But Patrick Marleau HAS played more NHL games than Gordie How, something no one can take away from him.
Cry all you want.
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