Brad Marchand-a small yet ever so aggressive and feisty hockey player- is constantly facing the criticism of the National Hockey League and fans of it alike. Over the years, Marchand has created a tarnished reflection of his status as a player. As a Boston Bruins fan, it is undeniable that Brad Marchand constantly plays his own game, which is fast-paced, extremely aggressive, and very competitive. Many people, however, who do not support the Bruins especially, constantly title Marchand as a “dirty player”. Yes, Marchand has had some not clean hits throughout his career, however, as a whole, most of the calls against him are a result of a false image and reputation that has been kindled by the social media of supporters of other NHL teams.
Earlier this season, Brad Marchand faced a five-game suspension against him due to an elbowing into the head on Marcus Johansson, who is a member of the New Jersey Devils. Although the elbow had gone flying into Johansson’s head, it seemed to be an accident or an unintentional hit due to an aggressive net presence. However, the league, as per usual, thought differently and so did the Devil’s fan base. Since this particular hit, it seems like the NHL and referees watch Marchand with a careful eye and restrict him on a short leash.
To many this may not seem like a huge ordeal, but as a fan you come to understand that all of Marchand’s goals come from his aggressiveness and hounding of the puck. While the regular season is coming to a close, Bruins fans are anxiously sitting on the edges of their seats as they watch games, waiting for a call against Marchand that is sure to be called or reviewed out of context. All fans are worrying over the same thing: is Marchand’s game as an aggressive player going to have to change for the playoffs to solidify the fact that he will be able to compete when his team needs him most?
Watch the five-game suspension call on your own and choose if you think it was righteous or not: