Fans and lovers of good hockey must be looking forward to this news that one of the best players of all time Patrick Marleau will return. Although he is 43 years old, he can be a reinforcement again and give additional wind at the back of young players and encourage them to play well.
Four months after retiring his jersey, the San Jose Sharks hired legendary Canadian hockey player Patrick Marleau (43) as a coach and advisor. Two years after ending a stellar playing career that saw him set the NHL record for most games played (1,779), Marleau became a player development coach and hockey operations consultant.
The three-time All-Star will work with Sharks and San Jose Barracude prospects, and will also work closely with general manager Mike Grier and his staff.
Patrick Marleau himself can't wait to return to the ice because it is his natural habitat
"I'm extremely excited to officially be back as part of the Sharks organization," Marleau said.
"I look forward to working with our players to help them reach their full potential and share the knowledge I have gained from playing 23 years in the National Hockey League. I am also eager to work with Mike and his staff and continue to learn about the game and the business side of hockey, " he added.
The Sharks retired Marleau's No. 12 jersey on February 25, 2023, making him the first player in franchise history to receive the honor. Marleau played 1,607 of his record 1,779 games for the Sharks. He leads franchise history in a number of statistical categories, including goals (522) and points (1,111).
Marleau played for San Jose for a total of 21 years , spent two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and one with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Patrick Marleau had a great career in many of the strongest hockey clubs, and the fans fondly remember his games because he was known to solve the game on several occasions.
This adds a dose of security to the fans as well as to his teammates, because it is easier to play when you have a sports legend and one of the biggest names in hockey next to you.