SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks announced today that forward Patrick Marleau
has been selected as the Sharks Foundation “Sharks Player of the Year” in a vote by the Bay Area media. Marleau, who also received the honors in 2004 and 2009, becomes the first player to win the award three times and the second to win in consecutive seasons.
The Sharks Foundation “Sharks Player of the Year” award is given to the player contributing most to the success of the Sharks in the 2009-10 regular season. The award will be presented prior to tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at HP Pavilion at San Jose.
"He's done exactly what everyone wanted him to, from day one right on through," Defenseman Rob Blake said. "Marleau's been playing at an elite level these past few years so to a lot of the guys in this lockerroom it's not a surprise."
Entering play tonight, Marleau sits second on the team and 12th among all NHL scorers with 82 points (43 goals, 39 assists), a career high, along with a plus-21 rating (T-19th NHL). His 43 goals (fourth overall in the NHL) are also a career-high and the third-most goals scored in a single-season in Sharks franchise history. He is also tied for tenth in the NHL in game-winning goals (6), tied-for-second in short-handed goals (4) and tied-for-fifth in short-handed points (four).
This season, Marleau appeared in his 900th NHL game (Dec. 1 vs. Ottawa), scored his 300th (and 301st) NHL goals (Dec. 26 vs. Anaheim) and won a Gold Medal as a member of Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
He tied his career-high with a nine-game point streak (6 goals, 10 assists) from Oct. 17-Nov. 4 and posted his third career hat trick on Nov. 27 at Edmonton.
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to meeting the educational, social and cultural needs of our community, with a focus on health, education and character development for Santa Clara County Youth. It offers unique resources and financial support to those organizations that enhance the lives of local youth. PAST WINNERS OF THE SHARKS FOUNDATION “SHARKS PLAYER OF THE YEAR” AWARD:
1998-99Steve Shields and Mike Vernon