Metro story about Brad Marchand

on Aug 30 in Blogroll by

Yesterday, a story of mine about Brad Marchand was published in Metro. It was part of a larger feature about Marchand and his hometown Stanley Cup parade. This story in particular was about what his friends thought of him winning the cup. I spoke with Ryan Hillier, a childhood friend and fellow professional hockey player.

The bond between the two is quite remarkable and intertwined in so many ways. Besides playing hockey with each other as kids, they played midget hockey together on the Dartmouth Subways and later reunited on the Halifax Mooseheads when a mid-season trade for Marchand was made to beef up Halifax’s chance of winning the championship.

The two are both NHL draft picks and Hillier spent last season with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL.

Back in 2008, writer Stephen Kimber did an almost 4,000 word cover story for The Coast about the relationship between Marchand, Hillier and another friend Andrew Bodnarchuk. Bodnarchuk also played on the Mooseheads with them and ended up being drafted by Boston. He has predominantly played with Providence, the Bruins’ AHL farm team.

The piece by Kimber is an excellent look at the friendship between three excellent junior hockey players at a crossroad in their lives where they will soon be professionals. It’s a great story and well worth reading, regardless of whether you’re a Bruins or Habs fan, or don’t even like hockey.

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