Brad Marchand's suspension history
Brad Marchand's suspension history
Will Brad Marchand be suspended for spearing Jake Dotchin in the groin? Common sense says he should, but the NHL does not typically suspend players for spearing guys in the junk. Don’t ask why. It’s a weird league.
At any rate, Marchand’s status as a repeat offender could put him in jeopardy of missing one (or both) of the Bruins’ final regular-season games. Anything longer than that would be excessive, at least given precedent.
Marchand has been suspended four times for a total of 12 games, and he’s also been fined three times. His longest suspension came in the 2011-12 season, when he low-bridged Sami Salo in the first meeting between the Bruins and Canucks since their high-intensity (and Marchand-dominated) Stanley Cup Final.
Here’s a look at Marchand’s suspension history, as well as his fines:
2 GAMES FOR ELBOWING R.J. UMBERGER
Marchand did not receive a penalty on the play, but replays showed that the then-rookie had clearly caught Umberger with an elbow on a blindside hit to the head in the March 2011 meeting in Columbus.
Umberger was not injured on the play, but Marchand received the first ban of his young career.
5 GAMES FOR LOW-BRIDGE ON SAMI SALO
By the time the B’s and Canucks met for the first time since his five-goal performance in the Cup Final, Marchand’s reputation was well-established: He was really good and he didn’t prioritize clean play.
So when tempers once again ran high between the two teams, Marchand proved to be the worst offender. As part of a 107-penalty minute meeting between Boston and Vancouver, Marchand was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for low-bridging Salo late in the second period. The Canucks would go on to score what proved to be the game-winning goal on that power play.
Salo suffered a concussion on the play, which also continued then-Canucks coach Alain Vigneault’s obsession with Marchand. Vigneault said that someone would eventually “hurt the kid,” a comment Marchand said he took as a “clear threat,” comparing it to the lead-up of Todd Bertuzzi’s attack on Steve Moore.
2 GAMES FOR SLEW-FOOTING DERICK BRASSARD
Although he pulled the lame “have to see the replay” card Tuesday, Marchand generally doesn’t make any lie about his dirtier plays. His 2015 slew-foot of then-Rangers forward Derick Brassard is Exhibit A.
“It could be worse,” Marchand said after receiving a two-game ban. “It could be three or four, so I’ve got to be happy that it’s not.”
3 GAMES FOR CLIPPING MARK BOROWIECKI
Here’s the most important one, as it’s the one that qualifies Marchand as a repeat offender given that it occurred within an 18-month window of Marchand’s latest stunt.
Unlike the Brassard play, Marchand was adamant that there was no ill intent on his part when he pulled up and clipped the Ottawa defenseman. He claimed he was turning up the ice, but the NHL saw another punishable low hit. Also not helping Marchand's case was the fact that Borowiecki had pissed off the Bruins (this photo, fighting Jimmy Hayes, etc.) in the previous game.
The timing of this one was bad for a couple of reasons. For starters, it occurred in the game before the Winter Classic, meaning he missed the chance to play at Gillette Stadium against the Canadiens. On another note, that Dec. 29, 2015 game marked the first game in his NHL career that Marchand wore an ‘A’ on his sweater.
Marchand's also had to pay $17,500 in fines over the years for the following infractions:
2011-12: $2,500 for slew-footing Matt Niskanen
2015-16: $5,000 for roughing Gabriel Landeskog
2016-17: $10,000 for tripping Niklas Kronwall