For Patrick Marleau, the best part about Monday night when he is set to surpass Gordie Howe's record for most games played in NHL history will be the same as it has been for the previous 1,767 games.
The joy of playing the game that he's loved ever since he was a kid growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan.
But even Marleau acknowledges there's something a little extra when it comes to breaking a record that has stood so long by someone known simply as "Mr. Hockey."
The former Seattle Thunderbird is poised to set the record Monday night in Las Vegas.