Marchand's Firm Leadership Style Has Resulted in Clashes with Teammates

Dorin Canaday
March 23, 2023  (0:25)

The Boston Bruins boast an exceptional amount of experienced leadership in their locker room, with standouts like Brad Marchand. The 34-year-old plays with intensity, sometimes crossing the line, but he understands the requirements for success.

When 'Tough Love' is the Only Solution

Marchand's leadership style has been particularly influential for younger players like Charlie McAvoy, David Pastrnak, and Jake Debrusk. However, the question arises whether he sometimes pushes them too hard.
In a recent interview with Matt Porter of the Boston Globe, Marchand discussed how his mentoring has led to some heated moments over the years, particularly with Pastrnak.
Read what Marchand had to say below:
''Kells always said to me, when he played, ‘Anything I say to you between 7 and 10 [p.m.], stays on the ice, stays on the bench,' Brad Marchand said. ‘It's not personal. It's just a work thing. You see it out there - tempers flare sometimes. [David Pastrnak] and I are notorious for getting at each other's throats. We push [Charlie McAvoy] pretty hard, too. It comes because we hold those guys to pretty high standards. They re some of the best players in the game, and we want them to bring that consistency every night. To do that, you've got to be pushed.' ‘'

Ultimately, this reflects the Bruins Culture established by players like Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, and current captain Patrice Bergeron. Marchand experienced this culture firsthand when he started in the NHL during the 2009-10 season.
This combination of seasoned leadership and a talented young core makes the Boston team formidable. With strong locker room chemistry, there's something uniquely exceptional about this group.
As read on Bruins Insider - Marchand's Tough Love Leadership Has Led to Confrontations with Teammates
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