|San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau autographs pucks outside the Sharks locker room in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) |
One would think when the hockey season concludes, a player like Patrick Marleau
would get away for a little rest and relaxation. Instead, his life has been anything but slow since the season ended – but in a good way.
The Marleaus welcomed their third child this summer and instead of an island – or any kind of -- getaway, it’s been a lot of daddy day care. Regardless of one’s profession, everyone’s life gets turned upside down with a newborn in the house.
“It’s early on, so they don’t sleep too much,” Marleau said. “We haven’t been doing much. He’s a little over six weeks old, so we’ve been trying to get some rest when we can.”
As for parenting duties, Marleau is helping out as needed.
“My wife is with the little one most of the time and I’m with two older ones,” Marleau said. “It’s kind of a zone defense.”
|San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) is hugged by teammates after scoring past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference final playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Friday, May 20, 2011. San Jose won 4-3. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) |
So dad is responsible for keeping two kids less than five years old entertained. Challenging? Of course, but he’s been up to the challenge.
“You enjoy it, you’re with them every day, they probably get sick of my face a little bit,” Marleau said with a smile, knowing he’s home infrequently during the season. “You get to see them grow and I think they enjoy having me around. My middle one loves cars and the oldest still loves hockey. He’s four-and-a-half and we had him out skating a couple of weeks ago. He always plays (road) hockey. They’re swimming now and I’m in the pool every day with them.”
Marleau, the longest tenured player (13 years) in franchise history, has made San Jose his offseason home for most of his career. He’s so imbedded in the community from a professional and personal side, so it’s hard for him to say where he’s from. Marleau lives in San Jose, but was born in Aneroid, Saskatchewan – and proud of it.
“I ask if they mean where I’m born or where I live,” Marleau said with a smile. “I say I live in San Jose. I moved away from home when I was 14 to live in Swift Current and play hockey. So I’ve almost lived the same amount of time here as Aneroid.”
Marleau’s California residence is a magnet for out-of-town guests. That’s fine for Marleau and his family. That eliminates the stress of travel, especially with three children.
“We’ve had some people come in and visit,” Marleau said. “My parents were in last week. I had a friend out a couple of weeks before that.”
|San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau, left, celebrates as Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, right, skates past at the end of Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Thursday, May 12, 2011, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 3-2 to take the series and advance to the conference finals. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) |
The newest member of the Marleau clan has also changed how husband and wife enjoy their quality time.
“We like to go to movies,” Marleau said, “but we haven’t been able to do that lately.”
As a result, the couple has settled for the small screen instead of the big screen.
“We watch ‘Big Brother.’ That’s our thing in the summer,” Marleau said. “We put the kids to bed and watch that.”
Going to the local cinema isn’t the only thing missing out of Marleau’s life at present. He also hasn’t been able to hit the golf course.
“I haven’t been able to get out,” Marleau said. “Zero. Hopefully as the baby gets a little older and starts sleeping, I’ll be able to get out.”
However, Marleau hopes he and his wife can find some time to take a trip before mid-September.
“We’ll probably do something right before camp,” Marleau said. “Maybe we’ll take the baby and see if the grandparents will take the other kids.”
While the atmosphere at the Marleau house has changed, one thing’s for certain: there’s never a dull moment.