Brad Marchand is officially no longer the most hated player in the NHL; a new player takes the crown in a landslide victory

Brad Marchand has earned the reputation of being the NHL’s biggest rat.

He’s a huge fan favorite in Boston, but overall, he’s probably been the most hated player year after year since his arrival in the NHL.

Brad Marchand is almost as known for his on-ice antics, always being in his opponent’s face, as he is for being a great hockey player.

Marchand has done questionable stuff—like licking his opponents and punching goalies in the head—but now, for the first time in many years, there seems to be a new sheriff in town when it comes to being the most hated player in the NHL.

In a recent player poll from The Athletic, one of the questions asked was ”Who’s the player in the league whose face you most want to punch?” and as it turns out, Marchand just isn’t that guy anymore.

Marchand did receive 14.97% of the 147 votes from his fellow NHL players, but it was just enough for second place in the poll.

OTTAWA, ON – JANUARY 25: Boston Bruins Left Wing Brad Marchand (63) before a face-off during second period National Hockey League action between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators on January 25, 2024, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire)

The most hated man in the NHL now appears to be Nick Cousins, who’s been involved in several controversial incidents this season. In The Athletic’s poll, some quotes from NHL players about Cousins were published, and they were hilarious.

“Played against him a long time,” one player said of Cousins. “Always hated the guy.”

“He’s gonna get a lot of answers on this one,” another said.

“I’m buddies with him and I’d still say him,” said a third.

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 13: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins argues with the referees in the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on April 13, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Marchand did, however, still get some votes.

“I love the guy, but it’s probably Marchand for sure,” one player said.

“I mean, Marchand’s always a good (player) you want to punch,” another said.

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 19: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins prepares for a faceoff against the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game on March 19, 2023 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Nick Cousins has been under fire more than once this season after cheap shots against opponents.

Most recently, he elbowed Coyotes defenseman Juuso Valimaki in the head while he was on his knees close to the boards. Just moments after, Jason Zucker delivered a brutal hit on Cousins as retaliation, which had him suspended for three games. Cousins, however, wasn’t suspended. 

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