Brad Marchand was named the new captain of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. — which led to plenty of praise and entertaining jokes from hockey fans online for one of the NHL’s most hated players.
The 35-year-old from Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, who was originally selected by the Bruins in the third round of the 2006 NHL Draft, will become the 27th captain in team history when the season the NHL will begin in October. .
“I am extremely proud of Brad and the hockey player he has become,” Boston Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs said in a statement Wednesday morning.
“Brad has been a Bruin for over 15 years and has had the opportunity to learn from great leaders like Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron. He is ready to seize this opportunity and our entire team will learn from his competitive nature and tenacity.
Hockey fans on X, formerly known as Twitter, had several things to say after hearing about Marchand’s new role.
“This will definitely make the rest of the NHL happy,” one user wrote.
Marchand is renowned for his hard-hitting style of play which earned him a suspension for a total of nine games in the 2021-22 season alone. He is also remembered for licking a player during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“I haven’t been the same since Brad Marchand became captain of the Boston Bruins (twenty minutes ago),” another user wrote.
Others took a more sentimental approach — reflecting on Marchand’s career path that led to his new responsibilities of leading the line for the two-time Stanley Cup winners.
“From 4th line to playoff hero and Stanley Cup champion, to captain. Legend,” one user said, referring to the winger’s contributions to the Bruins’ championship victory in 2011.
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Jacobs said he believes Marchand, who enters his 15th NHL season with the Bruins, will continue to represent the organization with “heart and courage.”
Despite debate surrounding his aggressive playing style, the Bruins’ new captain has a resume worth noting as the 5-foot-9 winger ranks eighth in team franchise history in games played, sixth for goals and ninth for a*sists. He’s also proven to show up when he’s needed most, as he ranks fourth in game-winning goals for Boston.
He is also known for his off-ice contributions.
“Marchand is the club’s amba*sador for Hockey is for Everyone, a league-wide initiative aimed at driving positive social change and fostering more inclusive communities through hockey.
The Boston Bruins will begin their campaign on October 11 when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden.
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