Brad Marchand plays Bruins hockey — it’s as simple as that.
The fans in Boston love it and just about everyone else in the world hates it. When No. 63 takes the ice, players, coaches, fans and Mr. Brendan Shanahan take notice because the scrappy little forward plays hard-nosed hockey (no pun intended). He knows one speed and sometimes that speed is too much to harness.
In the last calender year, Marchand has distributed many hits — some more questionable than others. Check out the following videos of his hits dating back to last March that caught the hockey world’s attention.
R.J. Umberger, March 15, 2011 (*Marchand suspended two games by NHL)
Scott Gomez, March 24, 2011:
Christian Erhoff and Daniel Sedin, June 8, 2011:
Matt Niskanen, Dec. 5, 2011 (Marchand fined $2,500 by NHL):
Sami Salo, Jan. 7, 2012 (*Marchand suspended five games by NHL):
Alexei Emelin, Feb. 15, 2012: