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Thornton, Cheechoo and Marleau Check In From Dallas

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
The NHL kicked off its All-Star Week on Monday as players from around the League made the trip to Dallas for the mid-season break. The San Jose Sharks, who sent a League-high four players (Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo, Patrick Marleau and Matt Carle) to Dallas for the All-Star Week festivities, had a noticeable presence in the locker room during the Media Access period on Monday.
Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo and Captain Patrick Marleau each spoke with members of the media about their experience.
Jonathan Cheechoo
Jonathan Cheechoo
On the number of young players at the game:
“There’s a lot of us young guys here. It’s good and it’s nice to see for the future of the game.”
“There are quite a few young guys here and it seems like a major topic for everyone. It just shows that a lot of us are coming into our games. Ultimately, it is good for the game.”
On Patrick Marleau’s baby son Landon being on the plane ride to Dallas:
“He did well on the plane. He didn’t cry much.”
On his family:
“They are on one of the JFK tours right now. My dad went on it the last time he was here with us on the father’s trip. He wanted to take my mom.”
On starting with Joe Sakic:
“I watched a lot of Joe Sakic in Quebec. I’m not going to tell him that I grew up watching him (he said with a laugh). But I’ll probably tell him that it’s a pleasure to play with him.”
On being at the All-Star Game:
“I never thought that I would be at one of these. It really is awesome.”
Captain Patrick Marleau
On being with his teammates:
“It’s a lot of fun and something that is even better knowing that I am here with my teammates.”
On flying under the media radar for most of his career but getting All-Star recognition:
“It helps knowing that the MVP and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner play on your team. They bring the attention and they deserve it. And being around that, the spotlight naturally falls on the rest of the team.”
Joe Thornton
On the young make-up of the All-Stars this season:
“For years to come, we’ll have young players making an impact in this is game. It is good that our fan base has these key players that they can identify with.”
On the uniforms:
“Well, we’ll still have our old skates and shoulder pads. But it’s time for a change and everyone will get used to it.”
On the concept of playing with others in the League:
“During the season, it is really exciting, especially this season. We’re right behind Anaheim and so many teams have the chance to make the playoffs. And Edmonton proved last season that once you are in the playoffs, any team can make an impact. But we’re here to have a good time and relax a bit.”

Click here to watch Joe Thornton's interview from Media Day at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.
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