When Sharks center Patrick Marleau skates in his first shift on Monday night, he will officially become the NHL’s all-time leader in games played, at 1,768. He’ll surpass Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey, who had held the record since the now 41-year-old Marleau was just 204 days old (that’s April 6, 1980).
It’s a special night for Marleau, the Sharks, the hosting Golden Knights, the NHL, hockey historians — and, now, copy editors.
Well, the Sharks tweeted out pictures of specially made gloves for Marleau. The black CCM mitts were embroidered with gold stitching and, on one of the gloves, displayed the milestone marker: “Most games played in NHL history 1768th NHL games.”
Yikes. Not to be grammar nerds but in that last section, it should either read, “1768th NHL game” or “1768 NHL games.”
Um, not both.
It should also be noted the other glove sports the three teams he skated for during those 1,768 games — the Sharks (1,596), Penguins (eight) and Maple Leafs (164). Very cool, right? Well, there is one slight issue: The Leafs’ logo isn’t the one the team used when he was there in 2017-19. The logo on the gloves was last worn by the club in 2015-16, per SportsLogos.net.
Sporting News has confirmed Marleau will not wear the gloves for Monday’s history-making game; so maybe he can get them fixed before he puts them in his collection case.
And maybe, when he does get the re-do, he can add the Hurricanes — who felt a little left out.
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, then bought out five days later. As the Hurricanes Twitter handle replied to a fan who commented that he never skated in a game for the Carolina franchise, “in fairness we never said he did.”
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