In the offseason, Patrick Marleau re-signed with the Sharks to remain in San Jose for at least another four years, sticking with the same club that he has skated for since entering the league in 1997.
In this segment of Ask the Sharks, you asked Patty about what it was like to play in the NHL at the age of 18. He shares his thought process before a shootout. And, Marleau reflects on switching from center to the wing.
Here is Marleau’s segment of Ask the Sharks.
1.Who was the Shark you looked up to most when you began your career in the 97-98 season? – Louise There were quite a few. The one who really sticks out the most was Kelly Hrudey. I lived with him in his guesthouse his very first year. He basically showed me the ropes and taught me a lot.
2.What was it like coming into the league as an 18 year old? – Thomas It was exciting, being in the NHL, realizing your dream. It was a whole different challenge to be here and to stay here.
3.What is your best memory as a San Jose Shark? – Jon Playoff hockey is the biggest thing. Last year was nice beating Detroit and making it to the Western Conference Finals. Just being in the playoff atmosphere is fun.
4.How does it feel to be one of the few players to score 700 points being with the same team your whole career? – Stephen It’s nice. It doesn’t happen too much anymore. I’ve been fortunate enough to stick in one place for a long time and put some roots down, so it’s been fun.
5.When you are taking a shot in the shootout do you have a move or shot in mind or do you wait to see what the goalie gives you? – Jayson I’ve done a little bit of both. Sometimes it backfires, if you have something in your mind and look up to see it’s not there, you’re a little messed up. Other times you can go down and look for what the goalies giving you, it works out better.
6.What other profession would you think you would have pursued if you didn't become a hockey player? – Tim I’d like to think I’d play some other kind of sport. Other than that, I don’t know, maybe end up somewhere on the farm.
7.Do you keep in touch with any former Sharks? – Stephanie They’re spread out throughout the league now. Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment work for us now. I see them quite often. Kelly Hrudy is on CBC, so you bump in to them from time to time.
8.Do you and Jumbo ever talk about being the number 1 and 2 picks in the 97 draft? How does that feel looking back on that day? When he first came here, we kind of talked about it, how fortunate we are to play on the same team coming from the same draft year. We always get asked the same question and when you think about it, it’s a nice turnout.
9.What is your favorite thing to do in the off-season? It’s just to be home with the kids and to go on vacation.
10.How has the adjustment been for you with the move from center to left wing? The first year and a bit were pretty tough. It took me a while to get in to that role. Our systems changed a little bit from then. I just said don’t think about it too much and play. Our system allows us to move all over the ice to read and react. That was able to help ease the transition.