Patrick Marleau Helps Leukemia-Stricken Young Girl's Dream Come True

Michael DeSantis@@dtrain2495Senior Analyst INovember 22, 2011

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild at HP Pavilion at San Jose on November 10, 2011 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Recently, Patrick Marleau helped a young seven-year old girl named Elise by making her dream come true.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Hockey Fights Cancer set up an opportunity for Elise to interview her favorite player on the San Jose Sharks. She chose Patrick Marleau.

Marleau was a class act throughout the interview, and answered the questions more like a father than a hockey player. It made me very happy to see, personally.

Elise asked Patty questions such as what his name was, when he started to play hockey, why hockey players wear numbers on their jerseys and how much fun hockey is.

For those who are curious, Patty started to play hockey at the ripe age of five. Marleau described hockey as being a lot of fun; he loves playing with his teammates and his three sons back home.

When Elise asked him about what Hockey Fights Cancer is about, Marleau replied, "It's a way for the NHL to give back to the cancer society, and help them with their research, so they're able to help out people with cancer."

Elise next asked him what he likes about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Patty said, "I like that they're able to raise money, do the research and help little kids get through a tough time, make them feel better and get them back up on their feet and ready to go."

He then gave Elise a dollar to help fight leukemia.

Finally, to wrap up the interview, Marleau taught Elise a few hockey moves, like a shot and a puck flip.

It was great to see Patty be so kind and help make a young girl with Leukemia's dream come true. Great job, Patrick.

The video of the interview is right here.