Philanthropic Award Honors Leadership On-and Off-the-Ice
The San Jose Sharks today announced that center Patrick Marleau has been voted by his teammates as the team’s nominee for the King Clancy Award. The King Clancy Award is an annual award given "to the player in the league that best exemplifies leadership qualities both on-and off-the-ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
Marleau, 27, has served as the Sharks captain since the 2003-04 season and recently completed his seventh NHL season. A true leader, Marleau’s off-ice commitments have set the standard for Sharks excellence. Assisting The Sharks Foundation, which offers unique resources and financial support to organizations that enhance the lives of the local youth, Marleau has participated in many community events over the course of the 2006-07 season. In addition, he was named the "2006 South Bay Sports Person of the Year" by The San Jose Mercury News
Some of Marleau’s activities in the past year include:
· Served as the spokesperson for the GOALS Foundation, raising over $500,000 for The Sharks Foundation since its inception.
· Sharks co-spokesman for the franchise’s support of the “Pat Tillman Run,” held annually by Tillman’s high school alma mater, Leland High School in San Jose.
o Shot video PSA to run in-game
o Helped his wife coordinate other Sharks wives to participate in the event
· Organized Sharks (player) support of a fundraiser to aid the family of a local terminally ill firefighter
o Hosted the family for a game
o Hosted post-game meet/greet in the locker room
o Obtained game-used/autographed sticks from each player that were auctioned during selected home games
· Hosted multiple families with ill/terminally ill children at Sharks games
o Included post-game locker room tours
· Sharks Foundation autograph session participant – yearly fundraiser
· Fremont Bank Foundation Reading is Cool program – participant
o Meets program participants prior to a Sharks practice to answer questions
o Impresses upon program participants the importance of reading/literacy
· Provision of autographed items to many local youth-related causes (fundraising initiatives)
· The Sharks Foundation Holiday Adoption Party
o Yearly participant
o Purchases gifts for an underprivileged family
o Attends event/interacts with family
· Places multiple phone calls each year to ill/terminally ill children
· Along with former NHL player Trent McCleary, formed the Trent McCleary-Patrick Marleau Sport & Recreation Foundation, helping children between the ages of 6 and 18 reach their full athletic potential.
· Sharks spokesman for the inaugural Sharks/Stanford Blood Bank blood drive at HP Pavilion
This season, Marleau broke nearly every major Sharks franchise record. He broke Mike Rathje’s franchise games played mark, and Owen Nolan’s records for goals, points and assists. In 717 NHL games (all with San Jose), Marleau has posted 491 points (219 goals, 272 assists) and 252 penalty minutes, along with a franchise-high 41 game-winning goals.
Marleau was originally selected by the Sharks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 2nd overall).