Marleau has performed in 4 convention finals and one Stanley Cup finals collection, the Sharks’ loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016. The Sharks entered Monday’s recreation needing a critical run to succeed in comparable heights, 5 factors out of a playoff spot with 12 video games remaining, however an elusive Cup nonetheless drives Marleau’s ardour.
“I wish to be appeared upon once I’m gone that I gave it my all, loved the sport, cherished the sport, cherished being across the crew and cherished successful video games,” Marleau mentioned. “These are the most important issues, clearly if I can add a Stanley Cup win earlier than I retire then that might be ideally suited for me. However simply having the precise traits being an awesome teammate and an awesome participant, that’s type of what I wish to be identified for.”
Late in his profession, Marleau has turn out to be a form of liaison between his coaches and the youngest gamers on the crew, placing into apply the early tutelage he acquired from Sharks veterans, significantly goalie Kelly Hrudey.
Peter DeBoer, who succeeded McLellan in San Jose and coached the Sharks to the finals, first encountered Marleau whereas teaching Canada’s under-17 nationwide crew. DeBoer, who now coaches Vegas, mentioned even then teammates have been drawn to Marleau’s assured however unassuming demeanor.
Marleau’s path is concurrently basic and trendy, going from a farm in Western Canada to a participant who honed his conditioning, damage prevention and anti-aging routines over time and tailored his recreation as the game advanced.
“What Patrick has and is perhaps lacking from right now’s era is that he’s farm robust. He’s a giant, thick, sturdy Saskatchewan farm boy,” mentioned McLellan, who can be from the province. “That’s what he began out as, after which he was dedicated to coaching and to his health.”
Of the greater than 8,000 gamers who’ve performed within the N.H.L. throughout its historical past, the 2 most sturdy have been each from Saskatchewan.