A Brief History of Brad Marchand's Dirty Play on the Ice

By 1OB Staff on May 1, 2019 at 4:43 pm
Brad Marchand is dirty.
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Just three games into the Blue Jackets' Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand has had an oversized impact on the ice.

For starters, he's taken two disastrous penalties leading to a Blue Jacket power play goal in back-to-back wins for Columbus.

Then, there's the dirty stuff. There's always the dirty stuff with Marchand. 

In Game 1, he stomped on Cam Atkinson's stick in overtime, breaking the blade before a faceoff. Tuesday night, in the Blue Jackets' 2-1 Game 3 win, Marchand sucker punched a defenseless Scott Harrington but earned no further punishment from the league.

Supposedly, the Bruins are dealing with his antics internally, whatever that means.

Asked about the punch Wednesday, Marchand expressed little remorse.

“It is what it is. I'm not overly concerned about what's said in the media and what fans say, and stuff like that,” Marchand said. “It was an unnecessary play, but it is what it is. Games go on, and I'll worry about the next one.”

With that, here's a brief history of Marchand's shitty play throughout his career.



  • March 5, 2011

    Elbow to the Head of Umberger

    Marchand delivered a high elbow to the back of R.J. Umberger's head in a game at Nationwide Arena. A young Marchand would receive a two-game suspension for the elbow.

  • June 8, 2011

    Two Dirty Plays in Three Seconds

    Marchand manages to both clothesline Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and then undercut winger Daniel Sedin in a matter of seconds, leading to another on ice brawl.

  • December 5, 2011

    Slew Footed Niskanen

    In a regular season game in Pittsburgh, Marchand slew footed Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen on the end boards. This slew foot earned Marchand a $2,500 fine from the league.



  • January 7, 2012

    Low Hit on Salo

    Marchand goes low on Vancouver's Sami Salo's legs leaving him crumpled along the boards. Marchand would draw a five-minute major for the hit and later suspended for five games. Salo left the encounter with a concussion.

  • February 5, 2012

    Knee-to-Knee on Emelin

    Marchand, quickly realizing there are no knees he won't pass up trying to damage, goes low on Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin.



  • June 5, 2013

    Knee-to-Knee on Kunitz

    In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Marchand went knee-to-knee on Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz. The Bruins would go on to win the game, 2-1, in overtime on the way to sweeping the Penguins.



  • January 16, 2015

    Slew Footed Brassard

    In a home game against the New York Rangers, Marchand slew footed center Derick Brassard in the corner, earning a two-game suspension from the league.

  • October 30, 2015

    Boarding Against Kulikov

    Marchand draws blood with a dirty hit to Florida's Dmitry Kulikov, sending the Panther head first into the boards and breaking his nose. Marchand picked up a game misconduct for the hit.

  • November 21, 2015

    Knee-to-Knee with Komarov

    In a 2-0 Bruins win over the Maple Leafs, Marchand goes knee-to-knee with Toronto's Leo Kamarov, leading to a brawl on the ice.

  • December 29, 2015

    Flip of Borowiecki

    In the first period of a game against the Ottawa Senators, Marchand went low and flipped Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki. The NHL would suspend Marchand three games for the play.



  • January 24, 2017

    Slew Footed Kronwall

    Yet another slew foot, this time on Detroit's Niklas Kronwall. Marchand was fined $10,000 for the incident.

  • January 31, 2017

    Slew Footed Stralman

    Not even a week later, the Marchand slew foot strikes again. The victim this time: Tampa Bay's Anton Stralman.

  • April 4, 2017

    Spearing Dotchin's Testicles

    In the final game of the 2016-17 regular season, Marchand gets a game misconduct for his work on the groin of Tampa Bay's Jake Dotchin. He was later suspended two games.



  • January 23, 2018

    Elbow to the Head of Johansson

    Marchand hit New Jersey's Marcus Johansson with a high elbow in the crease. Johansson would head to the locker room for treatment of a concussion and would miss his team's next 37 games. Marchand walked away with a five-game suspension.

  • March 10, 2018

    Dirty Hit on Duclair

    We don't even know what to call this one. Marchand goes flying spider on Chicago's Anthony Duclair, leaving the winger down injured on the ice and ending his season.

  • April 1, 2018

    Crosscheck to the Face of MacDonald

    April Fools'! Marchand crosschecks the face of Philadelphia's Andrew MacDonald while the Flyer was down on the ice. Marchand would be fined $5,000 for this one.

  • April 12, 2018

    Kissing Kamarov

    In Game 1 of Toronto and Boston's first round playoff series, Marchand kisses the Maple Leafs Leo Komarov on ice.

  • May 4, 2018

    Licking Callahan

    Marchand licks Tampa Bay's Ryan Callahan after a scrum in the teams' Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The NHL literally had to tell Marchand to stop licking and kissing people.



  • April 25, 2019

    Breaks Atkinson's Stick

    In overtime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the Blue Jackets and Bruins, Marchand stomps on Cam Atkinson's stick prior to a faceoff, breaking the blade. Bruins fans and media laugh it off.

  • April 30, 2019

    Hit to the Back of Harrington's Head

    In the closing minutes of Game 3 of Columbus and Boston's Eastern Conference Semifinal series, Marchand sucker punches a defenseless Scott Harrington in the back of the head. Marchand avoided supplemental punishment from the NHL for the hit.

Many thanks to Redditors DramaticEntrepreneur and Shandlar for their work compiling these dirty deeds.

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