The Sharks Hire Patrick Marleau to Help Develop Players

May 30, 2023

Four months after taking off his jersey, the San Jose Sharks welcomed Patrick Marleau as a coach and consultant on Friday

Marleau, 43, the NHL’s all-time point guard for games played, will serve as a player development coach and hockey operations consultant.

The triple star center will work with the ice development of the hopefuls of the San Jose Sharks and Barracudas, and will also work closely with general manager Mike Grier and his staff

“I’m really excited to be officially back in the Sharks organization,” Marleau said. “I’m looking forward to working with our players on the ice to help them reach their full potential and share the knowledge I’ve gained from 23 years in the National Hockey League. I am also looking forward to working with Mike and his staff and continuing to learn more about the sports and business side of hockey.

The Sharks pulled Marleau’s sweater no. on February 25, 2023, which makes him the first player to receive this award in franchise history

Marleau played in 1,607 of his record-breaking 1,779 games with the Sharks, who selected the Saskatchewan native with the second overall pick in the 1997 NHL entry Draft

He is the franchise’s career leader in a number of statistical categories, including goals (522) and points (1,111).

 

“It’s rare that you have the opportunity to add someone to your organization who brings a certain level of talent and character like Patrick Marleau,” Grier said. “As one of the best players of his generation, Patty has an unlimited wealth of institutional knowledge about the game. Perhaps more importantly, he’s been a cornerstone for the Sharks to become one of the most dominant franchises in the NHL over the last two decades, and he knows what it takes to win and succeed in the NHL. We are very excited to be bringing Patty back into the Sharks family as we continue to build a team that our fans can be proud of.

Marleau accumulated 1,197 points (566 goals, 631 assists) with the Sharks (1997-2017, 2019-21), Toronto Maple Leafs (2017-19) and Pittsburgh Penguins (2020). He also had 72 goals and 55 assists in 195 career playoff games, including a run to the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals

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