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Marchand Appeals, Says Jarry Incident ‘Stupid,’ Not Suspension Worthy

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“Was it stupid? Of course it was stupid, I’m not denying that,” said Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand. “I absolutely should not have done it, but was it suspension worthy? I don’t think so.”

On Wednesday night, the NHL handed Marchand a six-game suspension for sucker-punching Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry, then jabbing his stick in Jarry’s mask as officials escorted him off the ice. On-ice officials gave Marchand two minutes for roughing and a Match penalty. Wednesday morning, Marchand had an in-person hearing via zoom with the NHL Department of Player Safety.

For the eighth time in his career, the NHL suspended Marchand. The league fined him five other times, but Marchand obviously disagrees with the severity of his current punishment.

Update: Marchand is appealing the suspension.

“I’m an emotional guy. I always have been, and it’ll never change. That part of me will never change…because that’s what makes me the player I am. It’s just making sure it’s reined in,” Marchand said. “I’m not going to justify that what I did was right, but this was a very, very deep suspension for these actions.”

The Penguins won the game, 4-2 at TD Garden, but the story was Marchand, who will forfeit over $100,000 with the suspension. Despite Bruins fans’ contention, the NHL DoPS said in the disciplinary video that Jarry did not instigate the incident that occurred “well after the conclusion of play.”

The NHL also called Marchand’s actions “unacceptable.”

“These plays were not going to injure Jarry. No potential injury on that play. He was very well protected. The fact that it’s six games is based on history, not on the play,” Marchand argued.

Jarry was not injured, but Marchand’s punch knocked the unsuspecting Jarry to the ice.

Here is the video released by the league offering play-by-play of the incident and a further explanation of the suspension.

“…Very, very heavy suspension for these plays. The only way they can justify that is on the history side of things.”

Brad Marchand has been an entertaining, if not controversial, player. This season he’s also been active on social media, trolling both Vincent Trocheck and the Arizona Coyotes.

“The only way they get 5,000 fans at their games now is if they give 4,500 away for free, so wouldn’t change much,” Marchand poked Arizona over plans to play at the 5,000 seat arena at Arizona State University.

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Boston Bruins on April 21. Pending no further suspensions or injury, the Penguins will then get a chance to express their feelings on the matter. Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan and Tristan Jarry declined to get into specifics of the incident.

“I think it’s just the heat of the moment. I think everyone’s battling hard out there, and he’s just trying to get the puck to the net, and I think the team did a great job,” Jarry said after that game.

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Jeff Young
Jeff Young
3 months ago

My heart is broken for Marchand

Pete
Pete
3 months ago

Well the low class POS punk is right about one thing. He is STUPID. We can all agree on that!

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Wasnt
3 months ago

So his argument is “he’s an emotional guy and always has been and WILL NEVER CHANGE”.
Oh… I’m sure DOPS will say we’re sorry Brad since you’ll NEVER CHANGE then we’ll reduce your suspension. What a dumba$$

Uros
Uros
3 months ago

Yes officer, it was me who robbed that liquor store at gunpoint. The gun wasn’t loaded so I don’t think we can call it “armed robbery”. You cannot punch a goalie unless he’s DiPietro calling you to punch him from the other end of the ice. Helps if you’re a goalie too. What Marchand did was unacceptable and punishment appropriate. I wished for more, but objectivly 6 + fine is OK. I don’t know what he’s appealing. I might be more convinced if someone could find fottage of players regularly punching goalies and not getting hefty suspensions. I watch a… Read more »

crazyhorse87
crazyhorse87
3 months ago

Charlie Chaplain never learns.

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

“The fact that it’s six games is based on history, not on the play,” Marchand argued.

Duh. At least he is smart enough to understand the meaning of repeat offender.

Sheldon Demmons, Quispamsis New Brunswickege
Sheldon Demmons, Quispamsis New Brunswickege
3 months ago

Marchand should have been suspended for 15 to 20 games. Brad it is a privilege to play in the NHL. My hope is that Pittsburgh signs George Laroque and Matthew Barnaby for 1 game to drill it in your head for you.

Patrick M Cvetic
Patrick M Cvetic
3 months ago

6 games is fine. Should it be more, probably. Less? No.
If he stopped after the punch maybe, but going back with a stick to the mask was even more stupid. (I only say that last part because Jarry was laughing his ass off at the idiot… Really if he didn’t do the stick to the mask I’d still want him to get close to the same punishment.

Jimmy Michael
Jimmy Michael
3 months ago

Should be 2yrs because this isn’t his first incident with the rules time for him to learn

John Maxwell
3 months ago

What neither Marchand nor Dan Kingerski understand is that sucker punching a person in the head potentially can result in serious injury or death. Marchand’s reaction shows that he has learned nothing from this punishment. Dan’s reaction that the susension term is too long shows that he legitimizes this violence.

Prisms Holland
Prisms Holland
3 months ago

If someone on the Pens team sucker punched and stabbed at Swayman you can be sure the Bruins would be calling for blood. A 12 game suspension wouldn’t be too much to pay for that infraction. NHLPA stick to your guns. Rat face is showing his true colors once again.

Xtzozm
Xtzozm
3 months ago

Either you are serious about enforcing the rules or you are not. Do the crime serve the time.

Ddo729
Ddo729
3 months ago

By his own admission, if he had known he would get suspended he wouldn’t have done it. It shows he can control it. Also, what made it bad is he fought to get around refs to poke Jarry with his stick. Third is going after the golie makes it even worse.

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pens 2022
pens 2022
3 months ago

should not be allowed to play hockey again no reason ever to put your hands on a goal tender. Marchand just a trouble maker and is out to cause as much problems as he can and then act like a young child oh i did not know better

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