Patrick Denis Marleau ( born September 15, 1979 in Aneroid, Saskatchewan ) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He currently plays for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League on the position of the center. Marleau was in the second half of the season 2003/ 04 until the summer of 2009 captain of the team from Northern California.
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Marleau drew it after he had played as a junior player near his home in Swift Current in the Western Hockey League with the Seattle Thunderbirds. There the Canadians played from 1995 to 1997 very successfully. In 143 games for the team, he scored 199 points and was appointed at the end of the 1996/97 season in the West First All-Star team in the league.
Through its strong performances on the U.S. West Coast Marleau made the San Jose Sharks attention to themselves, who selected him in the NHL Entry Draft in 1997 in the first round in second place, just behind his current teammate Joe Thornton. Shortly after his 18th birthday Marleau was on 1 October 1997 his debut in the National Hockey League, after he had left a strong impression in the preparatory season training camp of the team. His first NHL goal on October 19, 1997 made him the second youngest player scores a goal in the NHL since the end of World War II. In the following years, Marleau developed a gambling in a defensive role striker, who he was in his rookie season, more and more of a player with offensive qualities and also the leading players of the team. So he took over mid-season 2003/ 04, on 5 January 2004, the role of the team captain after his former teammate and team captain Alyn McCauley had recommended to the management, Marleau to transfer the office permanently, as the season progresses more players, the "C" had worn.
After the NHL lockout in 2004/05 he set in the 2005/06 season Karrierebestmarken in the categories of goals, assists and points, he also was nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. Since 4 January 2007, he is the player with the most points in franchise history the Sharks and since 11 January 2007, the player with the most goals, in addition he also has the most games for the team contested and the most goals prepared.
After the disappointing performance Marleaus during the playoffs of the 2006/07 season in which he failed to reach a scorer point against the Detroit Red Wings in six games, germinated during the summer break for the first time on transfer rumors and his name was with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens associated. The Sharks extended his contract expires in the summer of 2008 in August 2007, but prematurely by two years until well into 2010. Nevertheless, the Center was unable to build on the achievements of previous years, thereby further rumors of a possible transfer of the master in the first half of the season 2007 /08. This also persisted during the summer of 2008, although Marleau in the last third of the season and in the playoffs was able to significantly increase. His 48 points scorer nonetheless represented a significant deterioration in the previous two seasons in which he had reached 86 and 78 points. Due to a change of coach in San Jose in the summer of 2008 changed Marleau for season 2008/ 09 on the left wing of the first attack series and was back to its former strength. However, the coaching staff was in spite of the initial gain of the Presidents' Trophy not satisfied with his captain since the team was eliminated in the first playoff round. Marleau was then removed from the captaincy and passed on to Rob Blake. Unfazed Marleau played the best first half of the season of his career and was the middle of January 2010, the first player of the season, which reached the 30 - goal mark.
Marleau ran with the Canadian national team for the first time at the World Championships in 1999 and 2001. However, he recorded while no significant success because the team in 1999 was defeated in the match for third place and 2001 already failed in the quarterfinals. At the World Cup of Hockey 2004 he won then, although it was not used in any game, the gold medal. Just like a year ago at the 2003 World Cup, when he really did not want to play because of diagnosed prostate cancer at his father. At the World Championships 2005 he won the silver medal with the team after the final against the Czech Republic was lost. In summer 2009, the striker received as one of 46 players invited to the preparatory training camp for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The final confirmation of his participation he received on 30 December 2009. 2014 he was with the Canadian National Team Olympic champion.
Awards and achievements
- 2007 NHL All-Star Game
- 2009 NHL All-Star Game
- 2009 Seagate Technology " Sharks Player of the Year" Award
- 2010, Seagate Technology " Sharks Player of the Year" Award
- 2003 Gold Medal at the World Championships
- 2004 Gold Medal at the World Cup of Hockey
- 2005 Silver medal at the World Championships
- 2010 Gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games
- 2014 Gold Medal at the Olympic Winter Games
Represented Canada at:
- World U -17 Hockey Challenge in 1995
- 1999 World Cup
- World Cup 2001
- 2003 World Cup
- World Cup of Hockey 2004
- World Championship 2005
- 2010 Winter Olympics
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )
Marleau has with former NHL player Trent McCleary in 2001, Trent McCleary - founded Patrick Marleau Sport and Recreation Foundation, which financially supports young people aged six to 18 years, so that their athletic potential can be promoted. Since 2007, Travis Moen, the Foundation supports, making them ever since Trent McCleary - Patrick Marleau - ie Travis Moen Sports and Recreation Foundation. McCleary, who had to end his career prematurely due to an accident in 2000, Marleau and Moen stem from all or around Swift Current.