Goodbye & Good luck, Good German

[Editor's Note]: SwisherThresher has an excellent send-off for Marcel Goc, who will not be playing on the San Jose Sharks next season. The front page formatting is a bit dicey, so be sure to make the jump and check out the piece in it's full glory.


Even though the Sharks are free to offer Marcel Goc a contract after July 1 if they want him back at maybe a lower price, that just isn’t going to happen. So it's not just a matter of economics. ~ David Pollak

"I think it's probably time for him to move on for another opportunity. He’s very professional and he’s a good man, but I think his game has leveled off with us. We want to go in a different direction and have a different mix on this team." ~ General Manager Doug Wilson on Marcel Goc

Marcel Goc #57 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammate Mark Smith #16 in the second period of Game six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2004 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. May 4, 2004 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)


"Nooo, it's Goc. It's Goc! Marcel Goc!"

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Goc was drafted in the first round, 20th overall by the Sharks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, though he remained in Germany until 2003. He spent all of the 2003–04 season with the Cleveland Barons, the Sharks' then minor league affiliate, but joined the Sharks during the 2004 playoffs. He holds the franchise record in Cleveland for longest assist streak (7 games). He has played for Team Germany in numerous tournaments, including the 2000 (at 16yrs old) and 2001 World Junior Championships, the 2001 U18 Championships, the 2002 World Junior tournament, the 2003 Swiss Cup, the 2005 World Championships and the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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Fellow German Marco Sturm gave Marcel Goc all the advice he needed before the rookie center made his NHL debut in the pressure of a Stanley Cup playoff game. - - - "He told me to go out there, not make any mistakes and just have fun."

Geared-up Goc gets call, calms nerves, makes play

Ross McKeon Friday, April 16, 2004


Will the Iceman get lonely without his Westdeutschland comrade? I suppose Ehrhoff and Nabokov can still pal around and play ping pong. All the best to Goc. My how time goes by. Seems like only yesterday the Sharks finally got the best of the Colorado Avalanche to reach the WCF for the first time in franchise history - thanks in part to the Good German.


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