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Ask the Sharks: Marleau's Answers

by Alison High / San Jose Sharks
While waiting for the plane to take off from Tampa on Friday, Sharks center Patrick Marleau spoke with for his segment of Ask the Sharks.

Read below for Marleau’s answers to your best questions.

1.If you weren’t playing NHL Hockey, what would you like to do? – Kimberly

A different kind of sport. I’m not sure how plausible it would be, but maybe baseball or golf.

2.What goes through your mind when you’re on a breakaway? Is it different than a shootout? – Anthony
Yes. Breakaways are a little bit different because it’s part of the play and you don’t have too much time to think about it. On a shootout you have a little bit of time to think about what moves you might do.

3.Why did you decide to wear the number fourteen in the early part of your career, and why did you decide to change your number twelve? – Joshua

Fourteen was pretty much the only number left when I came in here and then twelve became available later on. I wore twelve in Juniors so I decided to switch to that.

4.What are some things you do with your kids for fun? – Stephanie

My oldest likes to play hockey in the backyard so I’ll do that with him. Otherwise, he likes to play with his cars a lot so we play with those.

5.What is your normal pre-game meal? Do you order out or cook it yourself? – Mark

Pre-game meal is usually a salad and penne marinara with chicken. I order it.

6.How does it feel to play for one team your whole NHL career and would you like to keep it this way playing only for the Sharks? – Pastor Shad
I think it’s something special to be able to come into a team and play there for most of your career and puts some roots in the community. I’ve grown with the team and I’d like to be able to stay with San Jose for my whole career. It’s kind of difficult nowadays. Not many players have been able to do it. There are a lot of things that go into it.

7.How did you develop your speed and you quick release? Any tips? – Joaquin

Just a lot of practice --- taking a lot of shots. Growing up, we were able to get on the ice as much as possible. We had a pond across the road at our farm and I was able to go out there and skate and shoot pucks. There’s always a lot of ice available in small towns. You can improve your shot by working on it and practicing it a lot.

8.Of all the hundreds of goals you have scored, is there one particular goal that stands out? – Steve
Not just one. But anytime you get an overtime goal or a goal late in the game, you remember those more so than others.

9.All athletes go through highs and lows during their career. How you get yourself through the rollercoaster ride and still maintain your dignity and sportsmanship? – Sharon
It’s just one of those things that you learn when you’re young. Growing up playing hockey, there were a lot of highs and lows. You can’t dwell on your losses or get too high because there’s always a game right around the corner. You always have to focus on that next game or the game that you’re playing that day. You can’t worry about games in the past.

10.Which team would you like to see the Sharks face in an outdoor New Year’s game? – Zane

I don’t know if it really matters as long as we were playing outside in a big venue. That would be something special to be able to play outdoors in an NHL game. I don’t think it really matters who you play against.

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