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Patrick Marleau
Born September 15, 1979 (1979-09-15) (age 42)
Southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Centre / left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team San Jose Sharks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1997
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 1997–present

Patrick Marleau (born Patrick Denis Marleau on September 15, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He serves as the alternate captain for the Sharks during home games and was previously team captain.

Patrick is the all-time Sharks leader in goals, even strength goals, power play goals, points, shots and games played having spent his entire NHL career with the Sharks since being drafted second overall by the franchise in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

On January 17, 2011, he played his 1000th NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes. On January 7, 2014, he was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team.

Playing Career[]

Junior Hockey Career[]

Patrick's junior hockey career took him to the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he played two seasons.

In his rookie campaign in 1995–96, he exploded onto the scene in Seattle tallying 32 goals and 74 points, leading his team to a playoff loss to the defending Memorial Cup champion Kamloops Blazers featuring future NHL star Jarome Iginla.

The series ended 4-1, but Seattle took 3 of the losses to overtime before the Blazers won.

During the 1996–97 season, Patrick was named captain of the Thunderbirds and led them to a second place finish, behind the Portland Winter Hawks, in the Western Conference during the regular season.

He improved to 51 goals and 125 points, finishing top-three in the league in both categories.

In the playoffs, he led the Thunderbirds to the club's first and, thus far, only Western Conference Championship before the team bowed out in the WHL Finals to the eventual Memorial Cup runner-up Lethbridge Hurricanes in four games.

Patrick finished second in the WHL's Player of the Year voting, losing to Peter Schaefer of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

San Jose Sharks[]

Following Patrick's second year of major junior hockey, he was drafted second overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, behind current teammate Joe Thornton, who was selected by the Boston Bruins.

Although he struggled early in his career, he learned to combine his excellent offensive talents with defensive prowess from former Sharks head coach Darryl Sutter.

With the departure of five-year captain Owen Nolan following the 2002–03 season, the Sharks employed a rotating captaincy for the first half of the 2003–04 NHL season, seeing Mike Ricci, Vincent Damphousse and Alyn McCauley wear the 'C' before the captaincy was permanently awarded to Patrick mid-way through the season.

The new captain went on to match his previous personal high of 57 points from 2002–03.

Due to the NHL lockout, Patrick was inactive during the 2004–05 season, but he returned in 2005–06 having just signed a new three-year US$12.5 million contract in August 2005.

He had a breakout season, becoming a point-per-game player with career-highs of 34 goals, 52 assists and 86 points in 82 games.

New rule changes implemented by the NHL at the start of the first season back from the lockout that emphasized speed may have contributed to Patrick's successful campaign.

In a game against the Colorado Avalanche on March 19, 2006, Patrick scored 2 goals to acquire his 400th career point, edging him closer to Owen Nolan's franchise mark of 451 points.

Near the halfway point of the season, the Sharks acquired superstar Joe Thornton from the Boston Bruins. Thornton was also the only player picked ahead of Patrick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

The Sharks were quickly considered a contender once acquiring "Jumbo Joe", but were upset by the eighth-seeded Edmonton Oilers in the second round.

At the end of the season, Patrick was voted one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded to the most gentlemanly player, but he lost out to Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings.

In 2006–07, he passed Owen Nolan's franchise marks for goals, assists and points all within a few weeks.

On January 4, 2007, Patrick passed Nolan's 451-point mark with a goal and three assists in a win against the Detroit Red Wings.

Then, Patrick scored his 207th goal a week later on January 11 in a win against the Los Angeles Kings.

He continued at a point-per-game pace on the season with 78 points in 77 games, ranking second on the team in each category.

In January of 2007, Patrick played in his second NHL All-Star Game and scored a goal. With high expectations for the playoffs, the Sharks were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round in six games.

In the off-season, he signed a two-year contract extension worth $12.6 million in August of 2007, keeping him with the Sharks until the end of the 2009–10 season.

The following season, Patrick reached the 500-point mark for his career against the Phoenix Coyotes on November 14, 2007, however, his production for the season dipped to just 48 points, his lowest total since the 2001–02 season.

In the playoffs, Patrick became the first NHL player since Brett Hull in 2002 to score shorthanded goals on consecutive days in the playoffs when he scored back-to-back shorthanded markers in game three and four of the Western Conference Semifinal against the Dallas Stars.

Despite Patrick's efforts (which included 8 points in 13 games total for the post-season), the Sharks were eliminated in the second round for the third consecutive year.

In the midst of a rejuvenated year for Patrick (overcoming his previous season's dismal offensive output), he was selected to the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal, replacing the injured Pavel Datsyuk.

In the summer of 2009, Patrick was stripped of his captaincy by head coach Todd McLellan and Rob Blake was named captain on September 30, 2009.

Later in the year, while Blake was injured, Patrick was promoted to alternate captain, joining Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle.

On November 27, 2009, Patrick notched a hat trick against the Edmonton Oilers. His third goal of the game was a shorthanded marker to tie the game 4–4; the Sharks finished the game with a score of 5-4 in a shootout.

On December 1, 2009, he played in his 900th career NHL game and notched two goals in a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.

On December 26, 2009, Patrick scored his 300th (and 301st) career goal in a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

On January 12, 2010, he scored his 30th (and 31st) goal against the Phoenix Coyotes to become the fastest player in franchise history to score 30 goals in just 47 games.

It was also the first time a Sharks player was the first NHL player to reach 30 goals.

In the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Patrick scored the game-winning goal in games 3 and 5 in the 2nd round against the Detroit Red Wings, then he scored 5 of the Sharks 7 goals in a sweep at the hands of the eventual champion Chicago Blackhawks.

On June 24, 2010, Patrick chose to not test the free agent waters, and instead re-signed with the Sharks to a four-year contract worth $27.6 million ($6.9 million per year).

On January 17, 2011, he played his 1,000th career game and scored an early goal against the Phoenix Coyotes, becoming the third-quickest player to 1,000 career NHL games as measured by age, as well as the youngest player in NHL history to reach the milestone with the same franchise.

Once the 2012-13 NHL lockout had concluded, Patrick got off to one of the best offensive starts in NHL history.

He scored two goals in each of San Jose's first four games, becoming only the second player in NHL history to open a season with four straight multi-goal games. The only other player to do it was Cy Denneny with the Ottawa Senators in 1917-18.

On March 10, 2013 against the Colorado Avalanche, Patrick scored his 400th career goal after failing to score in the previous six games, however, the Sharks lost 3-2.

In the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Patrick scored his 57th career playoff goal, the second most of all active players and 37th all-time.

He scored the most shots (41) and goals (5) with the Sharks in the postseason, and ended the season with 17 goals, 150 shots and 6, 8 & 14 goals, assists, and points (respectively) on power plays, both ranking second on the team. He also ranked third on the team with 31 points.

On January 24, 2014, he signed a 3-year contract extension with the Sharks through the 2017 NHL season.

Career Statistics[]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 72 32 42 74 22 5 3 4 7 4
1996–97 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 71 51 74 125 37 15 7 16 23 12
1997–98 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 13 19 32 14 5 0 1 1 0
1998–99 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 21 24 45 24 6 3 1 4 4
1999–00 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 17 23 40 36 5 1 1 2 2
2000–01 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 25 27 52 22 6 2 0 2 4
2001–02 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 21 23 44 40 12 6 5 11 6
2002–03 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 28 29 57 33
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 28 29 57 24 17 8 4 12 6
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 34 52 86 26 11 9 5 14 8
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 32 46 78 33 11 3 3 6 2
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 19 29 48 33 13 4 4 8 2
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 76 38 33 71 18 6 2 1 3 8
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 44 39 83 22 14 8 5 13 8
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 37 36 73 16 18 7 6 13 9
2011–12 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 30 34 64 26 5 0 0 0 4
2012–13 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 17 14 31 24 11 5 3 8 2
NHL totals 1165 404 457 861 391 140 57 39 96 65
WHL totals 143 83 116 199 59 20 10 20 30 16

Awards & Achievements[]

  • Named to the WHL West First All-Star Team in 1997.
  • Won a World Championships gold medal with Team Canada in 2003.
  • Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2004, 2007 and 2009.
  • Named the San Jose Sharks player of the year in 2004, 2009 and 2010.
  • Won a World Cup championship with Team Canada in 2004, though he only played in preliminary exhibition games leading up to the tournament.
  • Named San Jose Mercury News "South Bay Sportsperson of the Year" in 2006.
  • Named a Lady Byng Trophy finalist in 2007.
  • Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.


  • San Jose Sharks' all-time leader in Goals - 418 (as of December 10, 2013)
  • San Jose Sharks' all-time leader in Even Strength Goals: 286 (as of December 10, 2013)
  • San Jose Sharks' all-time leader in Power Play Goals: 130 (as of December 10, 2013)
  • San Jose Sharks' all-time leader in Points: 891 (as of December 10, 2013)
  • San Jose Sharks' all-time leader in Shots: 2,961 (as of November 30, 2013)
  • San Jose Sharks' all-time leader in games played: 1,190 (as of November 30, 2013)
  • Tied a Sharks franchise record for quickest goal to start a third period with his goal just nine seconds into the final frame on Oct. 10, 2009 vs. Minnesota
  • Became the fastest Shark to 10 goals in franchise history (6 games) (as of November 30, 2013)
  • Became the fastest Shark to 30 goals in franchise history (as of 2009–10)
  • Became the youngest player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-game mark with one team, on Jan. 17, 2011 vs. Phoenix
  • Third-quickest player (31 years, 124 days) to 1000 career NHL games (Dale Hawerchuk (30 years, 306 days) and one-time teammate Vincent Damphousse (31 years, 110 days))

International Play[]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Olympic Winter Games
Gold 2010 Vancouver Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2005 Austria
Gold 2003 Finland
World Cup
Gold 2004 Canada

Patrick won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2003 World Championships in Finland.

Later in the midst of the 2004-05 NHL lockout, he joined Team Canada for two international tournaments, the 2004 World Cup, and the 2005 World Championships, capturing a World Cup title by defeating Finland in the final and a silver medal at the World Championships.

In the summer following his silver-medal effort with Team Canada, Patrick was invited to the national team's development camp for the 2006 Winter Olympics, but he was omitted from the final roster.

On December 30, 2009, Patrick was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver at which he won a gold medal.

Personal Life[]

According to some sources, Patrick's birthplace is Aneroid, Saskatchewan while others say Swift Current, Saskatchewan. He grew up on his family farm near Aneroid, Saskatchewan.

Patrick and his wife Christina have three sons: Landon Patrick (born on October 16, 2006), Brody Christopher (born on March 25, 2009) and his third son was born in the summer of 2011. They reside in Saratoga, California.