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Sharks announce team awards
Marleau named team MVP
4/4/04 - by Mike Lee

Before Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Kings, the Sharks announced several team honors, including team MVP and Rookie of the year. Captain Patrick Marleau was awarded the 2003-04 Seagate Technology Sharks Player of the Year. Local media voted Marleau the team MVP after leading the Sharks with 56 points (28 goals, 28 assists). Marleau's playedin his 500th NHL game on Nov. 26 versus the Chicago Blackhawks, and posted a career-high nine-game point streak (4 gals, 6 assists) from November 6th through the 26th. He also recorded his 300th career point on January 10th at HP Pavilion in a game against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Sharks players award fans jerseys during
Fan Appreciation Day (photo by Mike Lee)
Marleau was selected to play in his first NHL All Star Game back in February and finished the season by posting his fifth consecutive 20+ goal campaign.

Marleau was also awarded the new Playstation Three Stars of the Game Award, given to the Sharks player who amasses the most number of "3 Star" points.

At the end of each 2003-04 regular season game, players received five points for being chosen first star, three points for second star and one point for third star as listed on the official NHL game sheet distributed by the game's official scorekeepers. Each star is chosen by members of the media based on the player's performance each game.

Defenseman Tom Preissing was named the Sharks Rookie of the Year for his play this season. Preissing finished the season fourth in scoring among Shark defenseman with 2 goals and 17 assists.

Preissing was signed by San Jose as a free agent on April 4, 2003. After playing four seasons (1999-200) at Colorado College, where he led the nation in scoring among defensemen with 52 points (23 goals, 29 assists) in 42 games during the 2002-03 season. He was also named one of ten finalists for he Hobey Baker Award, selected to the JOFA Division I All-America First Team and Hockey Digest's First All-America Team.

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