Longtime NHL defenseman and scout Bryan Marchment passed away on Wednesday at the age of 53. He died unexpectedly while in Montreal, Quebec for the 2022 NHL Draft. The cause of death is not known at this time.
Marchment had a 17-season NHL playing career from 1988-2006. He saw action in 926 total games and scored 182 points – 40 goals and 142 assists. He accumulated 2,307 total penalty minutes and finished with a +31 on-ice rating.
Darin Stephens of @SharksStats called Marchment “one tough hombre.” He is only 1-of-15 players in league history with more than 2,300 penalty minutes in fewer than 1,000 games.
The Scarborough, Ontario, native spent six years playing for the San Jose Sharks from 1998-2003. Following his retirement in 2006, Marchment began working in player development for the Sharks and had been a scout for the organization for nearly 15 years.
A Sad Day for the San Jose Sharks
It was supposed to be an exciting week for the San Jose organization, with the Sharks owning the No. 11 overall pick in tonight’s first round. In addition, Mike Grier was named the team’s general manager on Tuesday. He made history by becoming the first Black general manager in league history.
“It’s a sad day for me, personally, and a very sad day for our organization,” Grier said in a statement. “Bryan meant a lot to a lot of people in our organization, our players, our staff – anyone who knew him and the type of man he was. He was just an honest, down-to-earth, loving person who just cared about everyone.”
The San Jose blog Fear The Fin has an awesome collection of tweets from different NHL organizations, players and writers who knew Bryan Marchment. His son, Mason, is 27 years old and plays for the Florida Panthers.