Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand is guaranteed to be beloved and idolized in two places -- Boston and his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Other than that, it's safe to assume he's disliked strongly in most other regions across North America -- but it's not like he tries to help his case or anything.
It doesn't take rocket science to explain why Marchand is by far the NHL's dirtiest player -- with his dangerous below-the-belt hits, slew footing trips and other illegal shots he takes at others. Marchand has somehow avoided multiple suspensions throughout his career even though the guy really does make hockey a dangerous sport.
Unsurprisingly, Marchand has made a ton of enemies throughout his career. He's gotten into a number of fights, has delivered ugly hits on many players and has provoked others into calling him out. Here are 15 of the many NHL players who really don't like Brad Marchand.
15 15. Mike Ribeiro
Marchand must have been sour about the Washington Capitals defeating his Boston Bruins in the opening round of the 2012 playoffs. That seemed to be the case when he dropped the glove with Capitals' forward Mike Ribeiro during a March 16, 2013 game.
Shortly after a faceoff, Ribeiro and Marchand opted to drop the gloves and scrapped for about 20 seconds. The fight was a draw, as neither guy had the energy to keep going until another guy went down.
What sparked the fight? Marchand gave Alexander Ovechkin a hit from behind right after the faceoff, and Ribeiro was simply defending his teammate. This was the one bout these two players had, but we're pretty sure Ribeiro and Marchand will never be friends when they both hang up the skates.
14 14. Andrew Shaw
Andrew Shaw and Marchand are fairly similar players in size and in style. Shaw is listed at 5-foot 11, 180 pounds. Marchand is 5-foot-9, 181 pounds. Both men are also Stanley Cup champions and have always been ultra pests that did whatever it took to get under the opposition's skin.
So it was only fitting when the two players got into a brawl in the final seconds of Game 3 in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. With just nine seconds left, Marchand and Shaw began a fight. Marchand brought Shaw to the ground via a headlock, and the two made it clear that neither was a fan of the other.
Shaw would get the last laugh, as his Blackhawks beat the Bruins in six games to capture the Stanley Cup. Now that Shaw plays for the Montreal Canadiens (Boston's arch-rival), we can assume that he will always think of Marchand as an enemy.
13 13. Steven Stamkos
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins have been among the top teams in the Atlantic Division since realignment for the 2013-14 season, so they're bound to be competitive rivals by nature.
However, each team's stop star -- Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay -- and Brad Marchand of Boston really don't seem to have any love lost for each other. During a March 22, 2015 game, the two players got into an all-out fist fight following a giant hit. Stamkos, a calm player for the most part, didn't hold back this time around.
The two dropped the gloves for about four seconds, ending after Stamkos took down Marchand with a headlock. It's safe to assume that Stamkos didn't like Marchand for quite some time, which may have been the reason why this fight started. There's no doubting the hatred between these two men.
12 12. Gabriel Landeskog
Like Stamkos, Gabriel Landeskog is a gifted scorer who isn't known for getting into fights nor losing his temper that often. But when it comes to Brad Marchand, it seems as though Landeskog is willing to make an exception.
During a 2015 game between his Colorado Avalanche and the Bruins, Landeskog smoked Marchand in the head after the latter took a shot. Marchand span around in the air and fell to the ground, leading to a scuffle between the two teams. Marchand responded by punching Landeskog right in the face, leading to penalties for both players.
Landeskog's hit was a bit dirty, but a lot of those go uncalled. Marchand's punch in Landeskog's face was by far more unnecessary and dirty. We're sure these two won't be playing golf together in the offseason.
11 11. Derick Brassard
Marchand is far-and-away one of the dirtiest players in the NHL, and he's had no problem dangerously tripping players with his slew footing. When the Bruins faced the New York Rangers in a Jan. 15, 2015 game, Blueshirts' forward Derick Brassard became a victim of Marchand's dirty style of play.
As Marchand and Brassard raced for a puck in the corner, the former used an extremely dangerous leg sweep on the latter. This caused Brassard to fall awkwardly into the boards and could have led to a severe injury. Marchand received a two-game suspension for the incident, and rightfully so.
Brassard was fortunate in not sustaining a severe injury. We're sure he hasn't forgotten about it since, meaning he's not going to forgive Marchand for that any time soon.
10 10. Matt Niskanen
Two Eastern Conference powerhouses -- the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins -- faced off in a game on Dec. 5, 2012. After a little bit of trash talk between the two players, Marchand dropped the gloves with Penguins' defenceman Matt Niskanen. The two fought for about 45 seconds before finally stopping.
So what began this fight between the two? That would be Marchand's slew foot trip on Niskanen, what else is new? The fight was a draw, though Niskanen certainly seemed to be scrapping with more of an edge. It was an absolutely dirty and uncalled for trip by Marchand, as usual.
We haven't really seen these two go at it since, but Niskanen is surely not going to forget Marchand's dirty trip on him any time soon. So with that...Brad Marchand...YOU JUST MADE THE LIST!
9 9. Niklas Kronwall
The Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins are in the Atlantic Division, so that naturally brings a rivalry between the two teams. In this instance, we take a look at an incident between Marchand and Niklas Kronwall earlier this past January.
Kronwall became another victim of Marchand's dangerous slew tripping, yet he somehow avoided a suspension for it. Marchand only had to pay a $10,000 fine for it, even though he could have derailed Kronwall's career -- given that he's had knee injuries in the past. Though Kronwall remained fairly silent about the matter, you have to believe that he's still enraged over the incident.
There is no place for this in hockey, and Kronwall plays on a team where they're taught to always respect the rules and safety of hockey. Marchand clearly doesn't care about any of that. Don't expect Kronwall to hang out with Marchand outside of hockey any time soon.
8 8. Roberto Luongo
Unfortunately for Roberto Luongo, many Vancouver Canucks fans will overlook the fact he's the franchise's all-time winningest goaltender that led them six Northwest Division titles and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011. That's because despite his talents, he often failed to come through in the postseason, and Brad Marchand is a huge reason why Luongo never won a Stanley Cup in Vancouver.
Marchand scored five goals in the Final -- including two in Game 7 -- and bullied his way through the Canucks "soft" roster. This helped the Bruins overcome the Canucks' skilled yet undersized forwards en route to winning the Stanley Cup.
So given how much of a hard time Marchand brought to Luongo in the Stanley Cup Final, we're sure Bobby Lou isn't going to like Marchand. In fact, he probably hates him.
7 7. Jake Dotchin
Jake Dotchin was the player who inspired this list, simply because of Marchand's incredibly dirty spear on him.
The Tampa Bay Lightning faced the Bruins in a must-win game on April 4. Late in the first period, Marchand speared Jake Dotchin in the groin as the two battled in front of the Lightning goal. Marchand was given a five minute major and game misconduct, while Dotchin fortunately avoided a serious injury.
This was arguably Marchand's most dirty and unnecessary tactic yet. You just don't spear players in the NHL, let alone hitting them in sensitive areas like the groin. Though Dotchin hasn't called out Marchand yet, you have to know what he's feeling inside. There is no way he's planning to be friends with Marchand, and can you really blame him?
6 6. Mark Borowiecki
While the Bruins faced the Ottawa Senators in a December 2015 game, Marchand chose to deliver yet another ugly and dangerous hit (what a surprise). With the puck in the Senators zone, Marchand bumped into defenceman Mark Borowiecki then flipped him over with a dangerous hit right at the knees.
It wasn't the first time Marchand clipped a player, as he did the same thing to Sami Salo during a 2012 game against the Vancouver Canucks. Marchand ws suspended three games for his ugly and incredibly dirty hit on Borowiecki.
This was yet another classic example of how Marchand had zero regard for the safety of other players. There was no place or time to hit Borowiecki like that, and he's lucky he avoided serious injury. But given how brutal it was, Borowiecki is probably not going to forgive Marchand for that any time soon.
5 5. Anton Stralman
You know how Marchand face suspensions for dangerous hits on the likes of Sami Salo, Mark Borowiecki and Derick Brassard? Well, imagine being Anton Stralman -- another victim of Marchand's dirty playing style -- and having him get away with it. That's what happened when these two teams met earlier in January.
Once again, Marchand pulled off his dirty slew foot play, doing it on Stralman and not receiving any punishment from the league. This slew trip on Stralman happened less than a week after Marchand did it on Kronwall and got fined for it. And yet, Stralman was given a tripping penalty on David Pastrnak a few moments later!
So Stralman probably hates Marchand. Because by the NHL's logic in this case, Marchand's allowed to try to take out a guy's legs and get away with it. Well done, player safety.
4 4. Dmitry Kulikov
The Bruins met the Florida Panthers early in the 2015-16 season. With just over two minutes remaining in the third period, Marchand came up to Florida defenceman Dmitry Kulikov and viciously checked him from behind into the boards. Marchand was given a five minute boarding penalty plus a game misconduct. When you look at it closely, it looks like another time where Marchand had the intent to injure a player.
But Marchand somehow found a way to avoid suspension and fines for this. That's funny -- wasn't he given a game misconduct for that hit? Kulikov suffered a broken nose but managed to avoid serious injuries.
But yet again, Marchand avoided suspensions for this hit. Kulikov didn't see any justice for it, so it's safe to guess he hates Marchand over a year after this incident.
3 3. Max Pacioretty
The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins have the most heated rivalry in the NHL. Boston has the league's biggest pest and dirtiest player in Brad Marchand, so it's easy for Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty to have a distaste for Marchand. He's one of the few players to publicly insult and take shots at Marchand.
During a classic playoff series between the two teams in 2011, Pacioretty took to Twitter and said this, according to The National Post:
"This game is longer than marchands nose"
Pacioretty did later apologize for the incident, but taking that much of a shot goes to show just how much he really hates Marchand. Though that took place six years ago, there's no doubting the hatred between both Marchand and Pacioretty is very real.
2 2. Daniel Sedin
Alright, so there is truly one one incident we need to bring up to show just how much Daniel Sedin has to hate Brad Marchand. Allow us to take a look at Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Sedin's Canucks and Marchand's Bruins.
Boston led 5-2 with just a couple of minutes remaining. A brawl broke out between the two teams in front of Vancouver's goal, and Daniel Sedin stood by while Brad Marchand threw punch after punch at his head, trying to get the Art Ross Trophy winner to fight back. Daniel calmly maintained his composure and didn't bother trying to fight back with the immature pest.
Sadly, Daniel didn't get his revenge as Boston beat Vancouver in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. That, along with Marchand's cheap shot punches on Daniel, are enough to put the Canucks star on the list.
1 1. P.K. Subban
The rivalry between P.K. Subban and Marchand may be past its boiling point, since the Canadiens traded him to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Shea Weber last offseason. But man, these two really brought a one-on-one rivalry like few other NHLers ever have.
When the two men faced off in 2010, Subban leveled Marchand with a huge hit, catching him with his head down. A year later, the two got into a lengthy fight that ended up in a draw. The Bruins and Canadiens met again in 2013, and Marchand called out Subban according to CBS Boston:
“Subban was asking me to fight. Three or four guys asked to fight him, and he’s running scared from Horty. But he comes after the smallest guy on the team. It just shows you what kind of character they have there.”
In a 2014 meeting, Marchand speared Subban in the groin. And finally, in a 2015 matchup, both men exchanged slashes with one another.
Taking all of those incidents into account, it's easy to assume these two hate one another?
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