Born May 11, 1988 (age 23) in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, Canada
Left/right winger for the Boston Bruins
Let’s make it a Bruins twofer and spotlight Nose Face Killah himself. Marchand started out playing minor league in his native Halifax area before making the move up to QMJHL in 2004, where he played with the Moncton Wildcats, Val d’Or Foreurs and Halifax Mooseheads (kind of an awesome name) until he was drafted 71st overall by the Bruins in 2006. He did stay in major junior for one more year after being drafted and then spent a full year with the P-Bruins, split last year between Providence and Boston and really debuted as a Boston Bruin this last season. He made his NHL debut in an October 2009 outing against Nashville, scored his first goal on MotD honoree Jhonas Enroth in November 2010 and had a very good 2010-11. In fact, it was good enough to earn him the Bruins’ 7th Player Award, a fan-voted award given to the player who is performing above and beyond expectations. Not bad at all!
Marchand has embraced the nickname Nose Face Killah, which was bestowed on him by Boston.com columnist Chad Finn. Another nickname he has is Marshmont, which came from a sports radio caller identified only as Rick from Natick. His Wikipedia page used to include this description of him: “His stick-handling, aggressiveness and penchant for irritating opponents have given birth to the notion that Marchand’s on-ice personality is comparable to that of a Honey Badger in the animal kingdom – Honey Badgers, of course, being known for their aggressive nature.” The honey badger is a real animal, but the editor was probably referring to this hilarious and profane video in which a guy commentates on a honey badger segment from National Geographic Wild.
Last season, Marchand played in 77 regular season games, scoring 21 goals, getting 20 assists and spending 51 minutes in the box. In the playoffs, he played 25 games, scored 11 goals, got 8 assists and spent 40 minutes in the box. That goals total from the playoff ties with Jeremy Roenick for the most playoff rookie goals of all time. Now, he has yet to officially re-sign with Boston and is still listed as an RFA. I hope he returns to the Bruins so they can continue to enjoy the services of their very own honey badger.