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Bradley Kevin “Brad” Marchand is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing left wing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Marchand was picked by the Bruins in the third round, 71st overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He played significant junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) prior to his NHL career.
Marchand was picked 71st overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He made his NHL debut on October 21, 2009, against the Nashville Predators. He then scored his first career NHL goal against Jhonas Enroth of the Buffalo Sabres on November 3, 2010. Though a prolific goal scorer, Marchand is also known for his on the edge, and often harmful, play and has actually been suspended or fined by the league seven times.
Marchand’s list of foul play includes a two-game suspension for elbowing R. J. Umberger in March 2011; a $2,500 fine for slew-footing Matt Niskanen in December 2011; a five-game restriction for a predatory low-bridge hit on Sami Salo in January 2012; 2 games for slew-footing Derick Brassard in January 2015; and three games for clipping Mark Borowiecki in December 2015. In February 2017, the league docked Marchand $10,000, the optimum allowed quantity per the collective bargaining agreement, for a harmful journey of Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall. In April 2017, Marchand was handed another two-game suspension for spearing Tampa Bay defenceman Jake Dotchin, marking the fifth time Marchand has been suspended for filthy and hazardous play.
Marchand established himself as a two-way player for the Bruins during the 2010– 11 season, his first complete year in the NHL. He scored 21 goals, consisting of five short-handed (ranked third in the League), and 41 points; he also signed up a +25 plus-minus ranking. On April 2, 2011, prior to the Bruins’ last home game of the season, versus the Atlanta Thrashers, Marchand was awarded the Bruins’ 7th Player Award, as voted by the club’s fans through the regional New England Sports Network (NESN). The honour is awarded each year to the Bruins player fans think most performed beyond expectations. During the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, Marchand scored 19 points over 25 games, assisting the Bruins to a Stanley Cup championship. His 11 goals tied Jeremy Roenick for the second-most by a rookie in the NHL. Marchand’s total consisted of 2 goals in the seventh and deciding game of the Finals against the Vancouver Canucks.
During the off-season, the Bruins re-signed Marchand to a two-year contract extension, revealed on September 14, 2011. Throughout the ensuing season, on December 23, 2011, he scored his first career NHL hat-trick in an 8– 0 win against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. He also added two assists for a five-point effort. The following month, on January 9, 2012, Marchand was evaluated a five-game suspension for illegally clipping Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo. The game was the groups’ first meeting since the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Then-NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan identified the hit as “predatory” in his video release.
Throughout the 2014– 15 season, Marchand was suspended two games by the League for slew-footing New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard in the Bruins’ 3– 0 victory on January 15, 2015. Playing on the Bruins’ top line for most of the season, he finished the season as Boston’s leading goal-scorer, with 24 goals, and tied for 4th on the team with defenceman Dougie Hamilton in point totals, with 42. Instantly following the 2014– 15 regular season, Marchand required surgery on the reportedly torn tendons around his right elbow, something that had been bothering him since the early spring of 2014– he anticipated to be fully all set for the 2015-16 Boston Bruins season when training camp started on September 17, 2015.
On December 30, 2015 Marchand was suspended for three games for again unlawfully clipping an opposing skater, with the more current infraction involving Marchand’s play against Ottawa Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki, resulting in Marchand being suspended from play in the 2016 NHL Winter Classic outdoor hockey game for the Bruins, and surrendering nearly US $165,000 in fines from the prohibited play.
During a home game on February 6, 2016 Marchand was offered a penalty shot opportunity against the Buffalo Sabres, an unusual event during an overtime tie-breaker round in the regular season– with 2:28 left on the 3-on-3 overtime clock, Marchand scored on the penalty shot, the very first time in Bruins team history that a successful penalty shot ever won a regular season game in overtime. Marchand finished the season with 37 goals and 24 assists, and a plus-minus of 21.
Midway through the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, where Marchand was one of the leading scorers with eventual champ Canada, he signed an eight-year contract extension with the Bruins worth $49 million through the 2024– 25 season.
Late in the 2016– 17 season, on March 13, 2017, Marchand scored the second hat trick in his Bruins career, with all 3 goals scored in the third duration of a 6– 3 road game Bruins win against the Vancouver Canucks– with only his colleague David Krejci scoring one additional goal between Marchand’s trio of third-period Bruins goals.