Patrick Marleau’s free agency decision to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this month marked the end of an era in San Jose.
The longtime Sharks winger had spent his entire career—all 19 NHL seasons—with the Sharks before signing a three-year, $18.75-million deal with the Maple Leafs, and was a consistent fan favourite with the California club.
On Sunday, the Sharks made a sentimental gesture when they bought a full-page ad in Bay Area newspaper The Mercury News to thank Marleau for his two decades of service:
Old school: Full-page ad in Sunday’s Merc from #SJSharks thanks Marleau for all he accomplished here. pic.twitter.com/XQ79pcK2gQ
— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) July 16, 2017
Marleau, 37, registered 508 goals and 574 assists for 1,082 points in 1,493 games since being drafted No. 2 overall by the Sharks in 1997.
The Sharks will be seeing him soon—Marleau and his Maple Leafs will visit San Jose for a game on Oct. 30.
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