The National Hockey League announced today that Sharks forward Patrick Marleau
has been named as a Western Conference All-Star reserve for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, which will be held in Montreal on Jan. 25. The game will take place at 3:00 pm. PST and be broadcast in the United States on Versus.
Marleau, 29, will be making his third All-Star Game appearance (2007, 2004) and will join fellow Sharks Joe Thornton
and Dan Boyle
on the team. In addition, Sharks head coach Todd McLellan will coach the Western Conference All-Stars at the All-Star Game and Devin Setoguchi will take part in the YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck the previous night.
Marleau, who converted from center to left wing over the off-season, leads the Sharks in goals (24) and is second in points (24-25=49). He is tied for the League lead in game-winning goals (7), tied for fifth in goals and tied for third in shorthanded goals (3).
“It is a reward for Patty that he deserves,” said McLellan. “He’s earned this and I’m glad he can be there for the team and his franchise.”
For Marleau, he had to make one adjustment.
“I canceled our Disneyland trip,” said Marleau, who will be joined by his wife and son at the game.
Marleau is a proud Saskatchewan product, but his family did migrate from Quebec, so he’s looking forward to the Montreal visit.
“It will be great with it being the 100th year of the Canadiens,” said Marleau. “My grandparents were from Montreal before the whole family moved west.”
Marleau joked about playing alongside Thornton in the game and how much pull they might have with McLellan.
“Maybe on the flight out, we can work that out,” said Marleau. “Just being on the ice with all that talent is something you always remember.”
With usually hard hitting defensemen not bringing their physical game onto the ice at the All-Star affair, offensive players like Marleau, Thornton and Boyle tend to excel beyond their normal greatness.
“With that much talent, it’s hard to stop everything,” said Marleau.
He was named Sharks Captain on Jan. 5, 2004 and the Sharks record of 204-93-35 (66.7%) is the League’s second-best record since that time. He holds the Sharks franchise record for career games played, goals, assists, points, power play goals, game-winning goals and shots.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound native of Aneroid, Saskatchewan was selected by San Jose in the first round (2nd overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
The Sharks final game before the All-Star break is 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night against the Vancouver Canucks at HP Pavilion.