The file on Patrick Marleau
Patrick Marleau was born and raised in Aneroid, Saskatchewan, Canada. He played his rookie season (1995-96) with the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League (WHL). That year, "Patty" led the Thunderbirds with 74 points, scoring 32 goals. The following season, he was named the team's captain, helped Seattle reach the Western Conference Championship, and finished second in the WHL's Player of the Year voting.
1997 NHL Draft
Marleau was selected by the San Jose Sharks with the second overall pick in the 1997 NHL Draft . The Pittsburgh Bruins drafted San Jose's current center Joe Thornton ahead of Patrick, and the Los Angeles Kings took Olli Jokinen with the No. 3 pick.
Player of the Year
Marleau was the Sharks' Player of the Year in 2004. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound center ended the season with both a personal-high and team-high of 57 points. He was also the team's Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Marleau has played in three All-Star Games ('04, '07 and '09).
Marleau scored a career-high 44 goals for the Sharks in the 2009-2010 season, including a hat trick on Nov. 27 against the Edmonton Oilers. Three months later, he played his 900th career game and scored his 300th career goal in a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Marleau tied for the second-most goals ever scored by a Sharks player in a single season, and become San Jose's fastest player ever to reach 30 goals (47 games) at the end of the season. As a result, Marleau was recognized as the team's 2009-2010 Player of the Year, his third time.
Marleau was one of four Sharks players to win gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Teammates Dan Boyle, Dany Heatley, and Thornton also took home Olympic medals for Team Canada.
Marleau acquired the status of an NHL legend after the 2011-2012 season. He played his 1,000th career game for the Sharks, which made him the 257th player to reach the milestone, and the 24th to achieve it with just one team. Marleau also received the Sharks' Fan Favorite Award for the second consecutive season.