Brad Marchand speaks up against today’s hockey, claims this one vital thing is missing and needs to return

TNT has made hockey fun to watch. NHL on TNT has been a huge hit all year, and fans love how they’ve been able to make hockey entertaining but, at the same time, informative.

Panelists like Paul Bissonnette, Anson Carter, Rick Tocchet, and Wayne Gretzky have shared awesome stories and helpful knowledge, and they’re undoubtedly growing the sport.

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)

An NHL on TNT broadcast is always exciting, and with folks like BizNasty in the studio, the interviews before, during, and after games are a blast.

Bissonnette is known for his chirping game and his ability to get the best out of players he’s talking to, and he’s brought that with him to TNT.

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But some active players are more fun to watch being interviewed than others. That’s why the TNT crew has talked all year long about the Mr. TNT Trophy.

The award was presented to the crew’s favorite, and there was also a Mr. TNT fan vote winner. Ryan Reaves won the fan award––and awarded as Mr. TNT was nonother than Brad Marchand.

Marchand is known for having a Hall of Fame chirping game, and when he was presented with the award, he took the opportunity to explain why he’s so good at trash-talking and why he feels it needs to return to today’s hockey.

”It’s a lot of fun to do as a kid, you know, you start roasting each other,” he said.

”They came at me for the nose pretty hard when I was a kid, so you develop thick skin, and you get used to it.

”I miss the days when I first came to the league. There were so many guys that just … you didn’t want to line up at the face off dot besides the bench, because there was going to be like 30 guys screaming on the other team. I kind of miss those days, it’s too many mics around, but it was an art back then. Guys did their homework on each other, and it got pretty gutty.”

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