NHL’s Bryan Marchment dies at 53

Bryan Marchment, the former National Hockey League (NHL) player, died unexpectedly at the age of 53, Fox News reports

Details about the cause of Marchment’s death have yet to be reported. All that we know is that his death occurred on Wednesday afternoon and that it was unexpected.

We also know that, at the time of his death, Marchment was in Montreal, Canada. He was there to attend the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft.

Marchment had been a scout for the San Jose Sharks.

Remembering Marchment

Marchment had a lengthy NHL career that lasted 17 NHL seasons, from 1989 to 2006.

During these years, he played on several teams, including the Winnipeg Jets, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Hartford Whalers, the Edmonton Oilers, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Colorado Avalanche, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Calgary Flames, and the Sharks.

Marchment’s position on the ice was that of a defenseman. He was a physical presence. But, he also had 40 goals and 182 points.

After Marchment retired from the NHL as a player, he took on various roles for the Sharks, and that is what he had been doing up until his death on Wednesday.

Condolences

The NHL community – including the NHL and the Sharks – has released several statements of condolence following the news of Marchment’s passing.

“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of San Jose Sharks scout and former NHL player Bryan Marchment,” the NHL said. “Our deepest condolences go out to his family, the Sharks organization, and Bryan’s many friends, former teammates, and fans.”

Mike Grier, the new general manager of the Sharks, said:

It’s a sad day for for me personally, a very sad day for our organization. He meant a lot to a lot of people in our organization, our players, our staff — anyone who knew Brian, the type of man he was. He was just an honest, a down-to-earth, loving person who just cared about everyone. He had time for everyone in the building. Anyone he came across, he had time for.

The Sharks organization itself put out a statement saying, “Bryan’s lifelong love of hockey was unparalleled, and he was amongst the most dedicated, physical, and fiercest players to ever play the game.” The organization added, “our deepest condolences go out to his parents, his wife, Kim, and son, Mason, and daughter, Logan.”

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