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Brad Marchand missed Stanley Cup DVD interviews because he was hammered

Feb 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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In the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, Michael Farber has a piece on Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand called “the Little Ball of Hate“.

It’s a pretty interesting article — Farber digs deep into Marchand’s history to try and figure out how he’s become arguably the most hated (and therefore, most effective) pest in hockey.

Oh yeah, Farber also pulled some great Nose Face quotes.

Here’s Marchand discussing his five-game suspension for clipping Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo:

“If Vancouver kept their mouth shut, which they rarely do, I don’t think there would have been as much publicity about the hit and don’t think there would have been as long a suspension.”

And here’s Marchand on his penchant for post-whistle activity:

“Some guys don’t engage in that stuff. Some do. But the play doesn’t end with the whistle.”

Finally, here’s Farber and Marchand on celebrating Boston’s Stanley Cup victory:

Obviously Marchand was happy to give the shirt off his back to win the Stanley Cup, which he did in some widely disseminated photos taken at a team party three nights after Game 7, at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Conn. Marchand was excused from scheduled interviews for the official Stanley Cup DVD because at 4 p.m. the next day he had what the NHL might describe as an inner-body injury.

Or as Marchand puts it, he was “intoxicated.”

“[After the Cup, linemate Tyler Seguin] and I went on a bit of a tear, partying pretty much every night for a while. I went home and kinda continued it. I thought [winning a championship] was something that might never happen, so I was trying to take it all in, enjoy it…. My dad sat me down and sorta gave me a lashing. He told me if we win two of the next three years, he’d leave me alone.”

Farber also does a tremendous job of detailing the nicknames Marchand has obtained through the years: Little Ball of Hate, Squirrel, Weapon of Mass Distraction, Tomahawk, Rat, Pigeon, Brat and, of course, Nose Face Killah.

(He fails to mention Marshmont or Honey Badger, which is probably intentional.)

  1. hockeyflow33 - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    way to dig deep Farber, hockey player drinks a lot after Cup victory.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      It’s an impressive amount of content for an NBSCP article.

      • solador78 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        There are differences between news agencies who write articles (ie. Associated Press), publishers (ie. Sports Illustrated) and aggregators (ie. NBC Pro Hockey Talk).

        Don’t expect aggregators to do anything but trawl publishers for articles to regurgitate.

      • drewsylvania - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        Which is exactly my point. 😉

      • drewsylvania - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        I mean, do we really need aggregators? I guess if you don’t want to search everywhere for each article…

      • solador78 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        I’m just waiting for NBC PHT to let Kurtenblog start blogging again.

      • Mike Halford - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        Could you guys move this conversation to a different post? The hit counter doesn’t move if you stay on the same page.

      • salmon90 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

        3 things are certain in life:
        1. Death
        2. Taxes
        3. And Drewsylvania getting defensive whenever one of his beloved Bruins is talked about – going on about how he can’t stand this website yet probably being solely responsible for keeping it alive with the amount of ‘hits’ he earns it.

      • drewsylvania - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        Better yet, I’ll simply leave, which will help diminish your hits. And cause rejoicing.

        Happy Valentine’s Day.

      • Mike Halford - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        Nobody asked you to leave. If you do, who’ll call us trolls?

  2. solador78 - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    What a great role model for kids everywhere.

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      If your kid doesn’t understand that hockey players drink, please stop going to rinks immediately

  3. elvispocomo - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Everyone knew pretty quickly that Marchand was a player that required a level of control by his teammates and coaches. That means they’re required to do more than just say, “this is how we’d like you to play,” and then let him play within those guidelines. They actually have to steer him on the straight and narrow, and when their support isn’t enough, we get the Brad Marchand that not many people like (perhaps even his teammates, think back to when he threw Thornton under the bus around the Weise fight/non-fight, saying Thornton knew Weise was trying to fight McQuaid and not him).

    What this says is they don’t have as much control as they hoped, and the ‘Weapon of Mass Distraction’ nickname might be the one that’s most apropos – assuming he wins that coveted title back from Timmy T.

    • sknut - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Seems like a guy who if doesn’t mature might wear out his welcome especially if the team isn’t winning. He’s fun to watch but that act can get old and he could potentially not be the best influence on others on the team.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        That’s why Matt Cooke wore out his welcome in Vancouver. We used to love his defensive play, occasional offensive contributions and aggravating style – then he just became annoying and we realized he was easily replaced, and we could dump his cheap shots along with him.

        Marchand has more to offer offensively, but hasn’t been smart enough to realize he can’t play over the edge so much and still be effective for the Bruins.

  4. welkersstache83 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    OMG who the hell cares! (Peter griffin voice)

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Little ball of hate is even an original nickname! That was Pat Verbeek’s nickname back in the mid-90’s given to him by Glenn Healy, Verbeek’s teammate, Ray Ferraro, was known as the big ball of hate.

    I know hockey players aren’t very creative when it comes to nicknames (shouldn’t he just be Marchy?) but come on! Maybe next we’ll be hearing about a new player called “Magnificent Mario” or we’ll get another goalie glossed the “Net Detective”

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Hate hate hate but keep coming back .. ..

    I get that you may not always like an article so you voice your displeasure, but if your hating on every article & are always pissed off then why do you come? And then top it off by stopping on the way out to make a big scene when you “leave”. I don’t get it

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