Brad Marchand can barely play a whole season without getting a suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety. The Boston Bruins star forward was suspended for six games earlier this month after punching and high-sticking Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry.
As the suspension was longer than five games, Marchand had the chance to appeal the suspension, which he did. But NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stood by the decision, and Marchand is still on the sideline because of it.
But this is not the first time Marchand’s been handed a suspension, with the bad things he does on the ice often overshadowing what a great hockey player he can be, and just how instrumental he is for the Bruins.
The Bruins still managed to win against the Colorado Avalanche last night, but during the broadcast, some numbers behind Marchands’ many suspensions caught the eye of NHL fans. According to the graphic, Marchand’s had eight suspensions in his 13 seasons in the NHL, which is more than any other player in NHL history.
He’s missed a total of 28 games and has forfeited over $1.4 million because of it. Luckily for the Bruins, Brad Marchand is eligible to return in just two days, on February 24, against the Kraken. And if the Bruins want to go for the Cup this year, they need Marchand on the ice, not sidelined due to suspensions.