Patrick Marleau’s tenor with the Sharks has lasted 20 years so far. He was the San Jose Sharks first round 2nd overall pick in the 1997 draft. Marleau hails from Saskatchewan, Canada. He is the face of the organization since he joined the team. Marleau is now 37 and holds most of the teams records when it comes to goals, games played, and points. He has played 1479 games in the NHL so far, all having been with the Sharks. He became the youngest player to reach the 1400 games played milestone. He met his wife is San Jose and they started a family in the Bay Area.
It has not always been smooth sailing between Marleau and the organization. Marleau served as the captain of the San Jose Sharks in 2003, but was stripped of it in 2009 with his leadership qualities being called into questioned. A former teammate, Jeremy Roenick called Marleau gutless and even showed up unannounced at his house trying to “inspire him.” After a distratous exit from the 2014 playoffs Marleau and his teammate Joe Thornton took all the blame with GM Doug Wilson insinuating he wanted to trade both veterans. Although both players refused to wave their no trade clauses. Marleau takes all the criticism thrown at him in stride. He lets his game talk for him.
While Patrick Marleau’s contract expires at the end of this season and it looks like he might be headed out he will always be Mr. San Jose Shark. Whenever he retires his number 12 will hang from the rafters of the SAP Center.