Marleau And "Cheech" Take Seagate Technology "Sharks Player Of The Month" Honors To Round Out The Year
/ San Jose Sharks
Two of the Sharks hottest players – captain Patrick Marleau and the red-hot (albeit a few teeth short) Jonathan Cheechoo – earned Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” Award honors for November and December, respectively.
Marleau led the team in points for the month of November, posting eight (four goals, four assists) in 12 games. While notching points in seven of the Sharks 12 contests, Marleau also tallied a five-game point streak (three goals, three assists) from Nov. 19 vs. Phoenix thru Nov. 26 vs. Detroit. In addition, Marleau posted five shots on Nov. 16 vs. Vancouver and six shots on Nov. 19 vs. Phoenix and Nov. 26 vs. Detroit.
Named the NHL’s Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 4, Marleau posted a pair of three-point games as the Sharks opened their inter-conference schedule with consecutive road victories against Northeast Division opponents. The Sharks captain tallied three assists and was named Second Star of a 5-0 victory at Buffalo Dec. 3, ending the Sabres' five-game winning streak. In addition, he recorded a goal and two assists and earned First Star honors in a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 4.
Prior to the start of the season, Marleau signed a new three-year contract that extended his tenure with San Jose through the first two seasons of possible unrestricted free agency.
This marks the third time the six-foot-four, 220-pound native of Aneroid, Saskatchewan has been tabbed with the honor. Most recently, he was selected in Dec. 2003.
Cheechoo led all NHL goal scorers with 13 goals in 13 games and also added four assists for a total of 17 points during the month. “Cheech” posted four multiple-goal games, including his first career hat trick on Oct. 20 vs. Anaheim, which included a short-handed, penalty shot. In addition, he had two game-winning goals during the month.
This marks the second time the six-foot-one, 190-pound native of Moose Factory, Ontario has been selected. Most recently, he was tabbed in March 2004.