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Brad Marchand Gets In-Person Hearing, Facing Lengthy Suspension

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Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has been offered an in-person hearing via Zoom for ‘Roughing/High-sticking’ Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry Tuesday. Marchand is likely facing a suspension of six games or more.

According to the NHL Department Of Player Safety:

‘When an infraction might require a suspension of six games or more, the offending player is offered the opportunity to an in-person hearing. In this case, the Player remains suspended until the hearing takes place. If the Player waives his right to an in-person hearing, the hearing will be conducted by phone.’

 

With 25 seconds left in the Bruins’ 4-2 loss to the Penguins Tuesday, Brad Marchand was assessed a two-minute minor for roughing and was given a five-minute major and match penalty for an attempt to injure. After falling to the ice in a net-front scrum, Marchand came up and punched Jarry and then circled back and jabbed the Penguins goalie in the face with his stick.

Brad Marchand was not available to the media following the game in which he and his teammates blew a 2-0 lead but Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was not thrilled with Marchand’s antics and lack of discipline.

“I don’t know, that happened quick,” Cassidy said. “Honestly, lack of discipline, obviously, on Brad’s part in that situation…I just watched the replay at the end, it looks like some words were exchanged. I don’t know if there was an incident in the second period that precipitated it. I wasn’t in the room, I don’t know. Someone said that.

Still, gotta have better discipline at the end of the day. Brad’s a leader on the team and he needs to control his emotions in that situation.”

Brad Marchand was already suspended earlier this season when he got three games for slew-footing Vancouver Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on November 28. This will be the eighth suspension for Brad Marchand who has been suspended a total of 22 games in his career.

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