He was a regular in the principal's office in middle school in suburban Halifax, visits made more awkward because his mother, Lynn, taught there. "My mom would hear my name on the P.A., 'Brad Marchand, report to the principal's office,' and you could hear the clatter of her high heels coming down the hallway a mile away," he recalls. Marchand figures he inherited his nose from his father, his brassiness from her.
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In Claude Julien's Manichaean world, the Bruins' coach separates Marchand into Good Brat and Bad Brat. "He's a good brat when he stays within the rules and disrupts the other team," Julien says. "He's a bad brat when he takes bad penalties and hurts our team. During the playoffs I was meeting with him twice a day about that. He's not a guy who doesn't get it. He gets it. He just slips out of it, and you have to reel him back and spell it out again. Before Game 5 [in Vancouver] when I was done talking, he said, 'Can I say something to you, Coach? ... I just want you to understand I appreciate what you're trying to do for me. I know how I am. And I want you to know I'm appreciative that you continue to help me through this.'" Moved by the memory, Julien pauses. "You don't hear that often from players."
Its really amazing the type of impact this kid had in his 1st year. Aside of the super scorers (Gretz, Crosby, OV etc.), you hardly ever see such contribution from a rookie. We have been blessed with Lucic & Bergeron who have stepped in out of nowhere and instantly contributed. But dare I say Brad had a better 1st year than them. Imagine 6 years down (that is if he avoids the godfather Vignault's vendetta) the road when he gains experience
Which All-Star-caliber player is the easiest to intimidate?
Phil Kessel, Maple Leafs RW 15%
The Sedin Twins, Canucks F's 8%
Alexander Semin, Capitals LW 7%
Patrick Kane, Blackhawks C 3%
Ilya Kovalchuk, Devils LW 3%
Identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the Canucks received votes as a pair as well as individually: Alone, Hendrik finished tied for sixth in the voting (3%) and Daniel tied for 17th (1%).... No defenseman received more than a single vote.... Goaltenders Roberto Luongo of the Canucks and Mike Smith of the Coyotes were the only two players at their position who received votes.
Based on 145 NHL players who responded to SI's survey
So do you think he pushed kids and waited for teachers and the principal to get in the way and then chirped at them some more?
Something along those lines. He's a funny looking little guy that decided instead of just getting made fun of his whole life he was going to give it right back...and then some. Fortunately for us, he's a great hockey player.