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Gary Bettman praises Patrick Marleau, makes Golden Knights watch

This season hasn’t exactly made planning for this moment easy. Though it was likely that Patrick Marleau would break the record for all-time NHL games played, it wasn’t a certainty, — between injuries, illness, trade rumors and season with a number of rescheduled games that is probably also record-setting, the window was smaller than it would’ve been in a normal season.

But the Vegas Golden Knights, despite being the Vegas Golden Knights, were gracious hosts under uncertain circumstances and honored Patrick Marleau for breaking the record for All-Time NHL Games Played tonight.

After the first shift — where Marleau opened on the wing — this message from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman played on the jumbotron (transcription below):

“To be merely mentioned in the same sentence as Gordie Howe is an achievement most hockey players can only dream about.