Patrick Marleau

 

 

Seattle Thunderbirds 1995-97
Right Wing - 6'2" - 200 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • WHL First Team All-Star:  1997

Championships

  • None

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Seattle Thunderbirds 72 32 42 74 22 5 3 4 7 4
1996-97 Seattle Thunderbirds 71 51 74 125 37 15 7 16 23 12
Seattle Totals 143 83 116 199 59 20 10 20 30 16
NHL Totals 558 153 174 327 193 51 19 12 31 22

Of all the players in the unofficial Seattle Hockey Hall of Fame, Patrick Marleau had the shortest career, playing only two seasons in Seattle.  That being said, his production during those two years was impressive and he led the Thunderbirds to their only WHL Finals appearance in franchise history in 1997.

Marleau turned 16-years-old just a few weeks before the opening of the 1995-96 WHL season, barely meeting the eligibility requirements and becoming one of the youngest players in the league.  His rookie season was impressive - his 74 points led the club (12 more than the second leading scorer) and his 32 goals were second best on the team.  He maintained his average of over one point per game in the playoffs, scoring seven points in five postseason games.

Possessing deceptive speed and amazing puck control, Marleau was expected to have an even better sophomore season, and he didn't disappoint.  He became the ninth player in Seattle hockey history to score 50+ goals in a season, and his 125 points were the best on the club and the third most in the league.  His nine shorthanded goals were tied for tops in the league.  He remained dominant in the playoffs, leading the Thunderbirds to their first WHL Finals appearance, where they were swept by the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Marleau was selected in the first round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, second overall, by the San Jose Sharks.  He was invited to the Sharks' training camp that fall, but Seattle fans fully expected his return for at least one more season - after all, he hadn't even turned 18 yet.  However, Patrick was so impressive in camp that he made the Sharks roster and opened the season in San Jose, becoming one of the youngest players ever to appear in an NHL game.  He has played seven full seasons in San Jose through the 2003-04 season, appearing in over 550 games before his 25th birthday.