Hockey fans either love him or hate him, though it's likely that more hate him, but that doesn’t seem to affect Boston Bruin left winger Brad Marchand. The Little Ball of Hate, as President Obama called him, has been pestering opponents, fans and even his own teammates throughout his seven year NHL career that began in 2009. He has been called every name in the book and he seems to thrive off of it. Known for being dirty, a cheap-shot artist, a diver, a whiner, and an incredible sniper at the same time, “The Rat” keeps elevating his game to new heights while occasionally reaching new lows in dirtbaggery. One thing you can definitely not take away from him is that he was a key factor in Boston’s Stanley Cup run in 2011.
A quick Google search will bring up controversy after controversy involving the “Nose Face Killa.” Yeah, he has a lot of slightly offensive nicknames. Countless videos are available which show both his high and low lights. Make no mistake, the guy is extremely talente, but he’s the guy you hate unless he’s on your team. With that in mind, here are 15 things that fans would like to forget about Brad Marchand.
15 15. That He Won A Stanley Cup
14 14. He Used Daniel Sedin As A Speedbag
Which was more embarrassing? Daniel Sedin standing there simply absorbing repeated punches to the face or the fact that referee Kelly Sutherland just looked on and let it happen without calling a penalty? Admittedly, Marchand’s response was priceless when asked why he did it. “Because I felt like it.”
13 13. His Cheap Shot on Sami Salo
12 12. His Low-bridge on Matt Borowiecki
11 11. Sabres Fans Want to Forget Marchand’s Penalty-shot Goal in Overtime
10 10. He Fought Steven Stamkos
9 9. He Got Slapped Around by Matt Niskanen
8 8. His Attempted Cheap Shot on Dale Weise
7 7. He's a Troll
6 6. His Singing
5 5. His Diving
4 4. He Complain About Divers... Even Though He Dives
3 3. He Puts His Coach On The Spot... A Lot
Claude Julien deserves a bit of sympathy. It isn’t easy being a coach and it only gets tougher when he has to face the media and answer for one of his player’s questionable actions. Such has been the case with Claude Julien. He deserves kudos for standing by Brad Marchand for the most part. A good example of this followed his low-bridge hit on Sami Salo. Marchand claimed that he was just protecting himself. Claude Julien got in front of the cameras and told the world that he agreed that it was self-defense.
2 2. He Makes Way More Than Them
1 1. He Has A Heart
Even the harshest of critics should recognize that the “Little Ball of Hate” actually has a heart. Don’t be such a cynic and just think it’s just a tax write-off. Brad is involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation and he has his own “Brad’s Brigade” which benefits pediatric cancer patients and their families. He donates tickets to Bruins home games as well as giving his guest a slew of memorabilia and other nice gifts. He also takes the time to personally meet his guests, sign autographs and take pictures with them. So next time you see him slew-foot, low-bridge or spear another player in the nards, remember, he’s doing it for the kids.
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