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Marchand Madness

Posted: Jan 10, 2012 10:25 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 10, 2012 10:25 AM ET

With all due respect to the hero of Hammonds Plains, Brad Marchand is not one of the NHL's marquee players. He's certainly no Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin.

He is a gritty, solid forward who specializes in getting under the skin of opponents. The kind of player that, if he's not on your team, fans and players love to hate.

Maybe that explains the intense reaction to Marchand's hit on Sami Salo, a hit the NHL's Brendan Shanahan called "predatory".

As of early Tuesday morning, more than 280 people had commented on our CBC online story detailing Marchand's five game suspension. The debate is lively to say the least.


It's the same on Twitter. Twitter.JPG


In the hours after the suspension was announced Marchand was one of the top trending topics in Canada. He certainly has his supporters, but the vast majority of tweets are uncomplimentary. And that's a polite description.

 





For his part, Marchand says he doesn't care what people think.

In the online diary he writes for ESPN Boston, Marchand says, "I hear Twitter was filled with comments about me today. For anyone that wants to call me someone who takes cheap shots, they can say what they want. It doesn't affect me. I don't care what people who don't know me and I don't know them and they have no meaning to me, I don't care what they say. I don't really care what my reputation is. I just want to play."

Strong words but it's hard to believe the 23 year old's skin is really that tough.

One thing we do know - he has a sense of humour. Check out this ad Marchand did for a Boston area sporting goods chain. No heart-tugging Sidney Crosby/Tim Horton's stuff here.


 

I don't know what he got paid for that ad, but the extra cash will come in handy. Sitting out the next five games is going to cost Marchand $152,439 US in lost salary.

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Brian DuBreuil is a veteran journalist with CBC News. He has won two Gemini awards for his work, and neither involved dancing or singing on a reality show.

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