The Boston Bruins long-time captain Patrice Bergeron retired this summer, and after weeks of waiting, the team finally made the correct decision in naming veteran winger Brad Marchand
as their next captain.
A major honour
While Marchand knew it was a possibility from the moment Bergeron retired, he opened up on the new role in a recent interview, saying that he is honoured to be just the 27th player to captain this original six franchise.
That list of names is full of NHL legends and superstars, but the controversial star isn't getting ahead of himself, and won't consider himself among that group just yet.
It's an incredible group of names. I've been adamant about this in the past – I don't put myself in that group. But I think the one thing that I have always done is that I've worked really hard at trying to accomplish everything that I set my goals on, and if I get something in my mind that I'll do everything I can to achieve it.
A controversial star
Despite his reputation around the league as one of the NHL's most hated players, Marchand is also respected, and while honouring two fantastic captains in Bergeron and Zdeno Chara that took the role before him, No. 63 revealed just how he feels about the role.
I am extremely proud and honored and it means more to me than I think anyone will ever know, said Marchand, who has been full-time alternate captain for the past three seasons. To be able to wear a 'C' for this teamI see the work that goes into doing that. I really believe that I've witnessed two of the best leaders of all time, being in this organization, leading this team [in Chara and Bergeron]. To do that, it is a full-time job.
While we're yet to see him on the ice as a captain, Marchand is the type of player who was born for the role, and if he can lead this team to Stanley Cup glory, he'll no doubt go down in the history books of a storied franchise in Boston.
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