The list of players skating at the Sharks Captain’s Practices grows daily. It starts with the players living in San Jose, then those with school-age kids arrive in Silicon Valley. One player who traditionally arrives a bit later has already hit town: Marcel Goc.
With two complete seasons under his belt, the two-way center simply heard the number of Sharks already skating and decided to hit town early.
“I missed ‘Patty’ (Patrick Marleau
) and ‘Rizz’ (Patrick Rissmiller),” joked the young German about the teammates sitting to his left. “I heard about a few more guys being here and it’s the first time I’ve kept my apartment for the next year.”
Normally when Goc arrives, at least the rookies are already in town, so he is enjoying early Captain’s Practices for the first time.
“I hadn’t done it much before, but it’s fun,” said Goc of the shinny hockey going on at Sharks Ice at San Jose.
It is not as if Goc is skating for the first time this summer. He began ramping up his conditioning prior to departing Germany.
“I skated with Bietigheim (a German professional club),” said Goc. “Their camp started at the beginning of August and I skated three times a week.”
And why Beitigheim?
“It is the closest rink to me,” said Goc. “About 50 minutes away.”
The talent may not be NHL-worthy, but skating with the Beitigheim Steelers was very intense.
“It is their camp and it’s hard,” said Goc. “They are not just skating around.”
Outside of skating for the past month, Goc mostly tried to relax during the offseason.
“I went to Christian’s (Ehrhoff) wedding,” said Goc. “Milan (Michalek) was there. After the wedding, a few friends and I went to Denmark, but didn’t do anything crazy. It was nice and quiet and we did absolutely nothing. It is on the coast by the North Sea. I did some hiking with my brothers that was hard.”
On the family front, Goc’s two brothers, the elder Sasha and the younger Nikolai, have signed with Hanover in the German Elite League. Marcel has played with Sasha on the international stage, but in the perfect world, all three could have a roster spot for Germany in a future competition.
“I hope so. That is the goal,” said Goc. “My older brother and I have played, but the younger one has been on the junior teams.”
While the Goc boys are quick to represent their country, Marcel has given back on the local level to try and help the sport gain in popularity and improve the talent of the next generation. For the second consecutive summer, he worked a youth hockey camp.
“I helped with a hockey school the second week in August,” said Goc. “They were 8-10 years old and we were on the ice two hours a day. I had a fun time doing it and I think they did, too.”
What Goc did was create a long day for himself.
“I worked the camp, then did my practice (with Beitigheim) and then drove home,” said Goc.
The skill level is a touch higher at the Captain’s Practice, but the work day will be much easier for Goc until the Sharks training camp starts. That’s when he will have training camp intensity along with NHL talent.
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