Boston Bruins star forward and pest Brad 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. And we all remember the scandal that was the licking incident during the second round of the postseason this spring, when in a heated scrum, Marchand licked the face of Tampa Bay Lightning veteran Ryan Callahan.
Marchand once opened up about being the most hated player in the game in a Players' Tribune article. On Friday, his teammate Torey Krug was invited to do an in-person interview with the crew of Spittin’ Chiclets’ on their podcast and host and former NHL player Paul Bissonnette explained how nice of a guy Marchand actually was off the ice.
Krug went on to comment that Marchand was indeed a very nice person when he did not have his uniform on, but the boys on the podcast made sure to add that Marchand does not care what people may think of him.
And good thing he doesn't care because, while defending his teammate and the good heart he may have, Krug revealed that this summer, Marchand got in a fight with a 14-year-old boy who was chirping him about the licking incident involving Callahan.
After the Bruins' elimination at the hands of the Lightning, Marchand came clean about his antics that earned him the ire of many around the league. When asked about the licking incident during the playoffs, Marchand told reporters he’s “got to cut that [expletive] out.”
“I think the biggest thing for me now is to really take a pretty hard look in the mirror and realize that some of the things I’m doing have much bigger consequences than I may ever think or really believe will come out of it,” Marchand told reporters.
“The last thing I ever want to do is bring the embarrassment on my teammates and the organization that it did,” he continued.
Cleary, when Marchand is off the clock, he will still chirp people who are looking to piss him off... Including the teenager.