Patrick Marleau packed his bags and headed to Toronto earlier this week to begin the next stage of his NHL career. Before leaving, though, Marleau made sure to thank the city of San Jose one more time.

Marleau, who played his entire NHL career with the Sharks from 1997-2017 before he signed a new contract with the Maple Leafs in July, took out a full page color ad in Sunday’s sports section of The Mercury News and East Bay Times.

Marleau issued a statement on social media at the time he signed with Toronto on July 2, and used that letter for the print advertisement with a headline that read, “Thank You San Jose.”
“Since June of 1997, San Jose has been my home, where my dreams of becoming an NHL player came true when I was drafted.

“During the last 20 years, I have had the unprecedented fortune to continue to play for this organization, make lifetime friendships, work with the best training staff, meet my wife and start our family, and play in front of incredible, enthusiastic fans. San Jose will always be my home; where my children will grow up, and the Sharks will always hold a special place in my heart.