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Marchand Blames Canadian NHL Fans For Their Team’s Failures



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Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has never been one to endear himself to opposing fans. Following another dominating performance over the Vancouver Canucks in a 3-2 win for the Bruins, Marchand put an even bigger target for hate from Canadian fans next time the Bruins travel north of the border.

According to former Boston Bruins forward and NHL on TNT analyst Anson Carter, during the Sportsnet broadcast of the game Sunday night Vancouver Canucks play-by-play man John Garrett said he ‘hated’ Marchand following Marchand’s slew foot of Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Note: On Monday morning, Marchand and the Boston Bruins were notified that Marchand will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety to determine if and what supplemental discipline Marchand could receive for the slew foot.



Garrett replied to Carter claiming he never said he hated Marchand but the Bruins winger, who scored the game-tying goal and set up the game-winner, was still asked about it after the game. Based on Marchand’s reply, he thinks Canadian hockey fans play a large role in their country’s 28-year Stanley Cup drought and definitely in the Canucks’ failures this season.

“I think the big thing in Canada is that they’re very, very passionate about the game. That is definitely — and not just the fans. Hockey is a way of life in Canada,” Marchand said. “That’s just, it’s the way it is. As soon as you can walk, you’re putting skates on. The lakes are always frozen in Canada, so there’s always ice available and ponds and stuff like that. So it’s a way of life. There’s a lot of passionate fans for their teams.”

As Marchand pointed out though, that passion can backfire when things don’t go well and in some cases, manifest into hate.

“I think that it just kind of bleeds over into it. I mean, there’s a lot of cases where teams don’t do well in Canada, that it’s hard on players,” Marchand said. “Their families get picked on, their kids get picked on at school. So, you know, the fans can be a big part of why teams don’t have success. Because they make it miserable on the players at times. They definitely push guys away to go to teams that don’t have that kind of fan base. So sometimes the fans out there need to look themselves in the mirror as well.”

Marchand and the Boston Bruins will begin a three-game roadie through Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary on December 8 against the Canucks.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Sorry to say but that’s an entirely reasonable take on it.


Pretty much the same way NBA and NFL fans hate on their team and players. Marchand’s the master of the soundbite…


Lol. Yeah, because sports fans in Boston are always so cordial and welcoming.

Brad is still a d–k though. Good to have on your team but a d–k.


I mean yeah, there’s probably something to it, I’ve heard rumblings about this sort of attitude going around for years now. Supposedly Canadian hockey players are “the toughest athletes in sports” yet by and large they don’t want to play in their homeland if they can help it because it’s too cold, the fanbases there are too mean and critical, the media spotlight there is too bright, etc. Softies. I guess they should be thankful they play in a league where up to half of the teams play in cities that don’t care about them, so those snowflakes can take… Read more »

Mark Vargas

I appreciate you sharing this blog post. Thanks Again. Cool.

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