Every now and then, there is a player that seems to fit perfectly within the culture of the team that he plays for. This could not be more accurate in describing Brad Marchandand his time in Boston with the Bruins. A native of Canada’s east coast, a place that has much in common with the New England area in the US, Brad has quickly become a fan favourite to the Bruins faithful. His tenacious and energetic approach to the game and his willingness to do what it takes to help the team win are qualities that speak volumes to the blue-collar Boston fans. He forever cemented his place in Bruins lore when after having a solid 2010-11 regular season, he elevated his play in the post-season, proving to be one of the key catalysts in lifting the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup Championship since 1972.
After being drafted in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Brad worked his way into the Bruins’ lineup following a couple of seasons of honing his skills with their AHL team, the Providence Bruins. He spent his junior career in the QMJHL, splitting time between Moncton, Val D’Or and Halifax (his hometown). His pugnacious and determined style of play has been evident throughout his hockey career and it certainly gained him national prominence in Canada during his junior days, when he represented his country at the World Juniors in both 2007 and 2008. It was during those tournaments where Brad really showcased what he was capable of and quite possibly solidified his position as a draftable asset to the Bruins. After witnessing his outstanding performance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, including scoring two goals in the pivotal Game 7 against the Canucks in the Finals, there is no doubt that the Bruins and their fans are thrilled to have him as a key part of their team.
- Brad recently inked a two-year contract extension with the Bruins as a restricted free-agent
- Brad proudly enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup this summer, showing it off in Halifax and surrounding communities
- Among his career accomplishments already, he can now stake claim to the 2011 Stanley Cup as well as back-to-back World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medals (2007, 2008)
- Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on May 11, 1988
- Drafted in the 3rd round, 71st overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
- A key member of the Bruins team that captured the 2011 Stanley Cup, defeating the Vancouver Canucks in seven games
- Played his junior hockey in Moncton, Val D’Or and Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League