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Ask the Sharks: Marcel Goc's Answers

by Alison High / San Jose Sharks
Fans got a look into the life of a Sharks player last season when center Marcel Goc contributed to his weekly blog on The 25-year-old's feature became a favorite among readers for his dry, endearing sense of humor and ability to poke fun at his teammates.

Now Goc is back as the featured Sharks player for our Ask the Sharks segment. Below are the best questions we received from the fans and Goc's answers.

Nashville Predators defenseman Ville Koistinen battles for the puck against San Jose Sharks center Marcel Goc during the second period. Nov. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
1. You have been in California for a few years now. Have you learned how to surf yet? - Brad Brown
No. I’m not planning on it, but yea I would try it.

2. What’s your favorite American food? – Christina Davis
I really like the steaks here in America, but one of my favorite things to eat is sushi.

3. What is your favorite part about playing for the San Jose Sharks? – Brad and Bonnie
It’s great being a Shark. I like it here in San Jose, California. We have great fans here and the weather is always nice.

4. You and Ehrhoff once wore skates with three holes through each blade. Which manufacturer designs those pairs of skates? - Casey Espinosa
It’s called t’blade and I know the guy who invented them in Germany. More people in Germany wear them. They’re pretty good. You can glide better, but the noise they make is very scratchy. It’s gotten a lot better. The first one that came out, it didn’t matter how many people were at the rink, you could still hear them.

5. What's it like skating out of the Sharks mouth? – Stephen
It’s pretty dangerous because you don’t see much when you skate out of there. You can easily get run over. But it’s a good feeling. The fans get pumped up when we skate out and it gets us pumped up too.

I’ve never stumbled, but I remember Vinny Damphousse hit the tooth. He hit his head in the playoffs. He went down. It was pretty funny. Other than that I don’t think it has happened before. At least I don’t know of anybody.

Sharks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (left) and center Marcel Goc (right).
6. Was it difficult for you to learn English or did you learn that in school in Germany? – Marge Parker
It wasn't that difficult because we started learning English in fifth grade.  In Germany, most of my teammates were North American so the coach always spoke English.

7. I saw on "Day in the Life" how good of friends you and Christian Ehrhoff are. When did you guys first meet? What's it like to have another German on the team to talk to? – Darek Truesdale
I was 14 when I started playing against him and we played together on the German National Team. Then it was funny that we got drafted by the same team.

Then we had Marco (Sturm); at that point he was still here. It was nice that he was here. It’s always hard to come over here when no one speaks your language. You don’t know anybody and you don’t know anything.

San Jose Sharks' Marcel Goc, of Germany, left, celebrates after scoring a goal with Jody Shelley, center, and Jeremy Roenick in the first period of their NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
8. Who is the funniest guy on the team? Why? - Norma C
I think Patty (Marleau). He seems pretty quiet but he is a pretty funny guy. Mike Grier. He starts things. He’s not really a chipper, he just starts something and then weasels out of it. J.R too. He makes sure there's a good mood in the locker room.

9. Why do you wear the number 11? If you had to wear a different number what would it be, and why? - Eric Pinon
I would probably wear 57. They gave me that number at Central Scouting. Everyone had shorts and pants and I had number 57. Then I had 57 in Training Camp and Minors. Then for some reason all the young guys changed to lower numbers. I picked 11. There were only so many numbers available.

10. How many cars do you own and what kind are they? – Oliver
Well I have two here in the States – an Infinity FX and an Acura MDX – and two in Germany. I bought the Dodge Charger here and shipped it to Germany and then the second one in Germany is an Audi A4.

11. Do you play soccer, or any other sports, in the off-season, or is hockey pretty much the only sport you play nowadays? - Stephan Fransz
Actually it’s not so much soccer as it is tennis now. The guys I grew up with, they are on the tennis team too. I was always in the tennis club and they needed a player so now I’m on the team. On Sundays we have games and they take the whole day. Here, I play with my wife and last year I played with Matt Carle.

And because Marcel is from Germany, we added a question that were submitted in German:

San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20), of Kazahkstan, is congratulated by Marcel Goc (11), of Germany, and Patrick Marleau after the Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks in an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008 in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)
12.Wie viel Zeit verbringen Sie in Deutschland? Kommen Sie nach jeder Saison in der NHL wieder nach Deutschland zurueck?
Normalerweise bleibe ich immer ein paar Wochen in San Jose nach der Saison. Den Rest der Sommerpause verbringe ich immer in Deutschland. Gegen Ende August bin ich dann wieder in San Jose und bereite mich hier auf die neue Saison vor.

Loosely translated to:

12. How much time do you spend in Germany? Do you come back every year after your season?
Normally I always remain in San Jose for a few weeks after the season and then spend the remainder of the summer break in Germany. Towards the end of August I return to San Jose and prepare for the upcoming season.

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for Marcel Goc. The next Sharks player to be featured on Ask the Sharks will be announced on Tuesday.
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