Marchand has served four games of the six-game suspension, which he received for roughing and high-sticking Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry during a game on Feb. 8. This is Marchand’s eighth suspension, the most among active NHL players.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 18, 2022
The league released a 14-page document revealing the NHLPA’s appeal on Marchand’s behalf with fully transparent details.
Marchand “readily admitted” to attacking Jarry and called his conduct “stupid” during a hearing with the league on Feb. 16. Marchand’s agent, Wade Arnott, was in attendance alongside several NHLPA reps, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and commissioner Gary Bettman among several other league representatives.
The 33-year-old Bruins star also admitted that he went after Jarry when the Penguins goaltender commented “how about that f—ing save?” Marchand admitted that “my emotions got the best of me and I made a poor decision.”
Here is the play in question:
This isn't good from Marchand in the final minute of the game. Punch + stick swing on Jarry pic.twitter.com/yrq9Ek8o4i
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) February 9, 2022
Bettman wrote the following in his ruling:
I have given careful consideration to Mr. Marchand’s testimony concerning his efforts to control his emotions in order to excel as an impact player who plays aggressively, but within the rules. I believe that he has already made significant strides towards achieving this goal. Unfortunately, however, Mr. Marchand’s behavior and lack of judgment in respect of these incidents did not meet acceptable NHL standards. He created a distraction which reflected poorly on himself, on his team and on the League as a whole, and as such, I find he also deserves the penalty he received. Having said that, I encourage Mr. Marchand to reflect on this experience and to use it positively in furtherance of his efforts to refine and improve his on-ice image and game for everyone’s benefit.
Marchand has recorded 21 goals and 49 points in 39 games for the Bruins and has arguably been the team’s MVP to date during the 2021-22 campaign. It’s a tough blow for the Bruins, but unfortunately Marchand’s history factored into what appeared to be an easy decision for Bettman and the league.
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