Brad Marchand apologizes for hit that led to 3-game suspension
Boston Bruins winger is a repeat offender
Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand apologized for the play in Tuesday night's game that led to his three-game suspension.
The Halifax native addressed the media on Thursday ahead of the Bruins' practice at Gillette Stadium alongside general manager Don Sweeney.
"I just want to acknowledge the situation that I've put my team in for being undisciplined and affecting the game for them," said Marchand.
"I truly am sorry to everyone about this situation and it was not my intent to make a hit or try and injure anyone on that play."
Marchand's suspension means he will be unable to play in Friday's highly anticipated Winter Classic against the rival Montreal Canadiens.
"It's obviously something we were looking forward to, but I respect the decision that the League has made and I'm going to live with it," added Marchand.
The 27-year-old, a repeat offender, was barred on Wednesday for upending Ottawa Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki. He has previously been suspended three times and fined another during his career, including three lower-body infractions.
"I think it speaks a lot for Brad to want to be out in front of this today. He knows the impact it has had on the team and the game itself and the fans," said Sweeney.
"He asked if he could address it in front of his teammates going out for practice and getting ready for this game. It says a lot to where Brad is and the impact he has on our lineup."
With the files from the Associated Press