Patrick Marleau

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CanadaCanada  Patrick Marleau Ice hockey player
Patrick Marleau
Date of birth 15th September 1979
place of birth Swift Current , Saskatchewan , Canada
size 191 cm
Weight 95 kg
position Left wing
number # 12
Shot hand Left
NHL Entry Draft 1997 , 1st lap, 2nd position
San Jose Sharks
Career stations
1995-1997 Seattle Thunderbirds
1997-2017 San Jose Sharks
2017-2019 Toronto Maple Leafs
2019-2020 San Jose Sharks
since 2020 Pittsburgh Penguins

Patrick Denis Marleau (born September 15, 1979 in Swift Current , Saskatchewan ) is a Canadian ice hockey player who has been under contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League since February 2020 . The left winger previously worked for the San Jose Sharks from 1997 to 2017 and from 2019 to 2020 , where he holds various franchise records , including most games and most scorer points. He was also from the second half of the 2003/04 season until the summer of 2009 team captain of the team from Northern California . Between 2017 and 2019 he also appeared for the Toronto Maple Leafs . With the Canadian national team , Marleau won gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics and at the 2003 World Cup .


Marleau, who in Swift Current in the province of Saskatchewan was born, pulled it after serving as junior players near his birthplace in neighboring aneroid had grown up and had played for the teams based there, in the Western Hockey League with the Seattle Thunderbirds . The striker played there from 1995 to 1997 and was extremely successful during this time. In 143 games for the team, he scored 199 points and was appointed to the West First All-Star team of the league at the end of the 1996/97 season .

With his strong performances on the US west coast, Marleau drew the attention of the San Jose Sharks , who selected him in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft in the first round in second position, only behind his long-time teammate Joe Thornton . Shortly after his 18th birthday, Marleau made his National Hockey League debut on October 1, 1997 , after making a strong impression at the team's pre-season training camp. His first NHL goal on October 19, 1997 made him the second youngest player to score in the NHL since the end of World War II . In the following years, Marleau developed from a defensive striker, which he was in his rookie season , more and more to a player with offensive qualities and also to the leading player of the team. In the middle of the 2003/04 season , on January 5, 2004, he took over the role of team captain after his teammate and captain of the team at the time, Alyn McCauley , had recommended to management that Marleau should be permanently transferred to Marleau, as several over the course of the season Players had worn the "C".

After the NHL lockout in 2004/05 , he set career records in the 2005/06 season in the categories goals, assists and points, and he was nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy . Since January 4, 2007 he has been the player with the most points in the Sharks franchise history and since January 11, 2007 the player with the most goals, he has also played the most games for the team and the most goals prepared.

Marleau with the captain's characteristic " C "

After Marleau's disappointing performance in the course of the playoffs of the 2006/07 season , in which he could not score a scorer point in six games against the Detroit Red Wings , rumors of change germinated for the first time during the summer break and his name became the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montréal Canadiens connected. However, the Sharks extended his contract, which expired in the summer of 2008, in August 2007 prematurely by two years until 2010. Nevertheless, the center could not build on the performance of previous years in the first half of the 2007/08 season, which continued to circulate rumors about a possible transfer of the captain. This continued in the course of the summer of 2008, although Marleau had been able to improve significantly in the last third of the season and in the playoffs. His 48 scorer points nevertheless represented a significant deterioration compared to the two previous seasons, in which he had reached 86 and 78 points. Due to a coach change in San Jose in the summer of 2008, Marleau moved to the 2008/09 season on the left wing of the first line of attack and found back to old strength. Nevertheless, despite winning the Presidents' Trophy for the first time, the coaching staff were not satisfied with their captain, as the team was eliminated in the first round of playoffs. Marleau was then removed from the captaincy and passed on to Rob Blake . Unimpressed by this, Marleau played the best first half of the season of his career and in mid-January 2010 was the first player of the season to reach the 30-goal mark. With 83 scorer points, he completed the second best year of his career and was one of the leading players in San Jose in the following seasons.

It was not until the 2015/16 season - Marleau was now 36 years old and had played his 18th season with the Sharks - that his point count fell below the 50-point mark for the first time since his second year in the league. Nevertheless, it was the most successful year for the team in the league, as it reached the final series of the Stanley Cup for the first time and was defeated there by the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. In addition, the striker scored the 1000th scorer point of his career on November 21, 2015 . After the 2016/17 season , in which he also scored 500 goals on February 2, 2017 , the Sharks did not extend the 37-year-old's contract, whereupon he left the team after 20 years and one on July 2, 2017 Signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs . This should bring him an average annual salary of 6.25 million US dollars.

After only two of the three years of the contract, however, the Maple Leafs were forced to hand over the attacker to the Carolina Hurricanes due to the strained salary situation ( salary cap ) . For this they also sent a first-round and a seventh-round right to vote in the NHL Entry Draft 2020 to Carolina, which also transferred a six- round right to vote in the same draft to Toronto. The first-round voting right also had a top 10 protection , so it would have been automatically postponed by a year if the pick was among the top ten positions; this did not happen. A few days later after this swap, the Hurricanes paid the attacker for the last year of his contract (buy-out) , so that he was henceforth looking for a new employer as a free agent . He found this in October 2019 in the San Jose Sharks, so that he returned to his previous employer under a one-year contract. However , the Canadian changed teams again at the trade deadline in February 2020 when the Sharks handed him over to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional third-round vote in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft . If the Penguins had won the Stanley Cup in the following playoffs, the right to vote should become one for the second round, which was also not fulfilled.


Marleau ran with the Canadian national team for the first time at the World Championships in 1999 and 2001 . However, he did not score any significant success, as the team lost in the game for third place in 1999 and failed in the quarterfinals in 2001. At the World Cup of Hockey 2004 he then won the gold medal, although he was not used in any game. Just like a year earlier at the 2003 World Cup , where he actually didn't want to play with his father because he was diagnosed with prostate cancer . At the 2005 World Cup he won the silver medal with the team after losing the final to the Czech Republic . In summer 2009, the striker was one of 46 players invited to the preparatory training camp for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver . He received the final confirmation of his participation on December 30, 2009. In 2014 he was Olympic champion with the Canadian national team.

Achievements and Awards


Career statistics

Marleau (right) in a duel with Michael Cammalleri of the Los Angeles Kings

Status: end of the 2019/20 season

Regular season Playoffs
season team league Sp T V Pt SM Sp T V Pt SM
1995/96 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 72 32 42 74 22nd 5 3 4th 7th 4th
1996/97 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 71 51 74 125 37 15th 7th 16 23 12
1997/98 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 13 19th 32 14th 5 0 1 1 0
1998/99 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 21st 24 45 24 6th 2 1 3 4th
1999/00 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 17th 23 40 36 5 1 1 2 2
2000/01 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 25th 27 52 22nd 6th 2 0 2 4th
2001/02 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 21st 23 44 40 12 6th 5 11 6th
2002/03 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 28 29 57 33 - - - - -
2003/04 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 28 29 57 24 17th 8th 4th 12 6th
2004/05 San Jose Sharks NHL not played because of lockout
2005/06 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 34 52 86 26th 11 9 5 14th 8th
2006/07 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 32 46 78 33 11 3 3 6th 2
2007/08 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 19th 29 48 33 13 4th 4th 8th 2
2008/09 San Jose Sharks NHL 76 38 33 71 18th 6th 2 1 3 8th
2009/10 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 44 39 83 22nd 14th 8th 5 13 8th
2010/11 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 37 36 73 16 18th 7th 6th 13 9
2011/12 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 30th 34 64 26th 5 0 0 0 4th
2012/13 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 17th 14th 31 24 11 5 3 8th 2
2013/14 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 33 37 70 18th 7th 3 4th 7th 2
2014/15 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 19th 38 57 12 - - - - -
2015/16 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 25th 23 48 10 24 5 8th 13 8th
2016/17 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 27 19th 46 28 6th 3 1 4th 0
2017/18 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 27 20th 47 16 7th 4th 1 5 4th
2018/19 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 16 21st 37 28 7th 0 2 2 2
2019/20 San Jose Sharks NHL 58 10 10 20th 12 - - - - -
2019/20 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8th 1 1 2 2 4th 0 0 0 0
WHL overall 143 83 116 199 59 20th 10 20th 30th 16
NHL overall 1723 562 626 1188 517 195 72 55 127 81


Represented Canada to:

year team event result Sp T V Pt SM
1995 Canada Western U17-WHC
1999 Canada WM 4th Place 7th 1 2 3 0
2001 Canada WM 5th place 7th 2 3 5 4th
2003 Canada WM 1st place, gold 9 0 4th 4th 4th
2004 Canada World cup 1st place, gold Without any effort
2005 Canada WM 2nd place, silver 9 2 2 4th 4th
2010 Canada Olympia 1st place, gold 7th 2 3 5 0
2014 Canada Olympia 1st place, gold 6th 0 4th 4th 2
Juniors overall
Men overall 45 7th 18th 25th 14th

( Legend for player statistics: Sp or GP = games played; T or G = goals scored; V or A = assists scored ; Pkt or Pts = scorer points scored ; SM or PIM = penalty minutes received ; +/− = plus / minus balance; PP = overpaid goals scored ; SH = underpaid goals scored ; GW = winning goals scored; 1  play-downs / relegation )


Marleau founded the Trent McCleary - Patrick Marleau Sport and Recreation Foundation with former NHL player Trent McCleary in 2001 , which financially supported young people between the ages of six and 18 in order to promote their athletic potential. From 2007 onwards, Travis Moen also supported the foundation, which subsequently made it Trent McCleary - Patrick Marleau - Travis Moen Sports and Recreation Foundation . McCleary, who had to end his career early in 2000 due to an accident, Marleau and Moen are all from or around Swift Current .

In 2011 the foundation was dissolved.

Web links

Commons : Patrick Marleau  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Canes Acquire 2020 First-Round Pick and Patrick Marleau from Toronto., June 22, 2019, accessed on June 22, 2019 .
  2. ^ McCleary and Moen Join Forces with Swift Current Indians. (No longer available online.) April 19, 2011, archived from the original on May 7, 2018 ; accessed on May 7, 2018 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /