Brad Marchand's suspension history
Marchand has been suspended six times for a total of 19 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 $24,500 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
2017-18: $2,000 for diving
$5,000 for cross-checking Andrew MacDonald
2 GAMES FOR SPEARING JAKE DOTCHIN
You're not allowed to hit people in the you-know-what with a hockey stick. A lot of players seemingly don't know this.
5 GAMES FOR ELBOWING MARCUS JOHANSSON
The Devils were none too happy last January when an elbow to the head of Marcus Johansson left the New Jersey forward concussed. Marchand was not penalized for the play during the game, but the league came down with a five-game ban.