Bruins' little pest makes a move that didn't go unnoticed

Published August 4, 2021 at 8:03 PM

There was action in the Bruins organization last Monday as their prospects took part in the development camp. For the occasion, the young athletes were treated to the presence of one of the team's veterans, Brad Marchand.

Marchand is probably one of the most hated players in the NHL, whether it's from other teams or from fans in general. However, the 33-year-old veteran shows how much he cares about his organization by attending such an event.

The Bruins' plague was normally only passing by to make a small presentation to the young players present for the development camp, but he decided to arrive at 7:00 a.m. to accompany them on the stationary bike during the various physical tests.

"It was great to have Brad Marchand here," admitted forward Curtis Hall, a 21-year-old prospect selected in 2018. Even when we first got to the rink, we all saw Marchand walking in the room, getting on the bike and doing the test with us. It was just a testament to how hard he works."

Guard Kyle Keyser agrees with Hall:

"I think it's huge for us to see that kind of work ethic and what he brings to the rink every day as a professional," Keyser argued. His speech was great, about the level of competition and what it takes to be a champion at this level."

"He won a Stanley Cup here in Boston. He knows what it takes and how to push to the end. I think it's important for us, especially me, to hear his experience on what worked and what didn't. And to hear him talk about not waiting for opportunities and working for them, all those things resonate with us as young people. It's important to listen and have our ears open when guys with so much knowledge and experience are talking."

These testimonials show how well Marchand is viewed within the Massachusetts organization. The Bruins' pest may make questionable moves on the ice, but the fact remains that he has the Bruins' logo tattooed on his heart. With 715 points in 804 NHL games, he will surely still be at the heart of the Bruins' success next season.

Credit: TVA Sports
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