The Players' Tribune always provides great and unexpected content. Players who pen down the most intimate moments of their lives and careers to share with the whole world. And fans feel for them. However, the latest contribution to the Players' Tribune is by the one and only, Brad Marchand. The Bruins gritty forward wrote a brilliant piece on why he was meant to play for Boston, and his introduction says it all:
"If you like me, you'll like this story. If you hate me, you'll love it."
Marchand has a way of getting under rival players' skin. Even his Bruins teammates will say it is better to play with him than against him. No matter how much trouble he can get into. Already this season, some experts questioned if the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety should be radical with Marchand on his next offense and give him the Raffi Torres treatment in order for him to stop his on-ice antics. 11 times Marchand has been punished supplementarily in his career so far. However, in his article in the Players' Tribune, it just seemed that the guy is simply made this way.
"My mom likes to say that I came out of the womb “mischievous.” I just liked the feeling of messing with other kids. I liked getting under their skin and making them react."
However, as much as he seems to enjoy his role as the pest of the Bruins, Marchand opened up on how hard it can be sometimes on the ice. When he was 12 years old, his coach reminded him of the very little odds of making the NHL. Marchand wanted to stand out, and it does not mean it's an easy choice to become one of the most hated players in the entire league.
"I know there’s a lot of people who don’t like it, and I will be the first to tell you that it’s a fine line. I have done things that have stepped over that line, and I’ve paid the price for it. But you know what? There’s a lot of people out there in the hockey world who love to say, “Winning is everything. It’s the only thing.”
But do they really mean it? How far are they willing to go? Maybe it was my size, or just the way I was born, but I’ve always felt like you have to be willing to do anything — literally anything — in order to win. Even if that means being hated. Even if it means carrying around some baggage."
In the rest of the very entertaining article, Marchand notes other great Bruins members who have help him become a better player. He lists captain Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and former coach Claude Julien as men who have taught him and still teach him a lot.
But as for the pest side of things, yep, he was just born with it.