With the NHL on a pause, the PA has given fans a nice treat with their annual ‘Player Poll’. Before the NHL season paused on March 12, nearly 600 NHL players were surveyed on more than 20 hockey-related questions, according to the PA’s official release.
The players polled weighed in on a variety of topics. Those topics covered skills, arenas, teams, women’s hockey and off-ice things. When it came to the on-ice portion of the vote two Bruins garnered votes, with one claiming two of the categories.
Brad Marchand is both the best and the worst at what he does. According to his peers, Marchand is the best trash-talker in hockey. He earned 25.87% of the vote, edging out Drew Doughty (13.37%) of the Los Angeles Kings. Ryan Reaves and Patrick Maroon also got votes in this category.
According to his peers, Marchand is the worst trash-talker in hockey. That is not a typo. Marchand led the way with 10.59% of the vote in this category, edging Doughty (6.85%) once again. PK Subban and Nick Cousins also collected votes, with 6.85% and 5.61% of the vote respectively.
This is the second season in a row that Marchand has somehow been the best and worst trash-talker in the NHL.
Patrice Bergeron did not win any of the categories, but he did pop up on the poll. Players were asked who the one player is that they would want on their team in a winner-take-all game. Bergeron came in fourth with 3.33% of the vote. He finished behind Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, and Nathan MacKinnon.
Bergeron was also voted as the second most complete player in the game. He got 25.44% of the vote, finishing behind only Crosby.
Bobby Orr also made an appearance on the list. Orr came in second when players were asked which player, past or present, they would pay to watch play. Orr finished behind only Wayne Gretzky. Connor McDavid was the lone current player to finish in the top four of voting.
Off the ice, Marchand was voted the third funniest player in the league. He garnered 5.68% of the vote and trailed Keith Yandle and Doughty. He also finished third when it came to best social media follow in the league. Subban and Alex Ovechkin were the top two.
Brad Marchand appeared one final time on the list, this time with Bergeron. The teammates finished tied for third for ‘Best Bromance’ in the league. They were tied with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and Matt Tkachuk and Doughty.