Patrick Marleau created NHL historical past on Monday when he skated in his 1,768th game, surpassing Gordie Howe to turn into the NHL’s all-time games performed leader.

Of his 1,768 NHL games, Marleau played 1,596 with the Sharks, eight with the Penguins and 164 with the Maple Leafs. And, as any person close to the match understands, he remaining his mark in Toronto, getting young stars Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner below his wing. So as accolades and congratulatory messages poured in across social media for the 41-year-previous veteran, the duo despatched Marleau their enjoy too.

The Sharks posted the video from the pair — which also arrived with a surprise cameo from Marleau’s ex-teammate of 12 years (and 75 times his senior), Joe Thornton.

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“Hey Patty, just want to congratulate you on wonderful milestones and accomplishments,” Matthews states to start the movie. “I know myself and Mitchie, a huge honor and privilege to get to know you and participate in with you for two a long time and create an wonderful friendship.”

“We want to thank you for lending us Joe. He is been a consistent professional with us the whole time with us as nicely,” adds Marner, as a bare Thornton strolls by the doorway. (Never fret, things are blurred out).

“Yet another father figure,” Marner explained. “Want to congratulate you on this accomplishment and have entertaining with your spouse and children pal.”

It can be difficult to tell if anyone has a straight face as they’re all wearing masks, for each NHL protocol, but here’s the video clip:

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