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Updated: Brad Marchand Hits John Tavares Up High, Discipline Coming?

Will we see supplemental discipline for Marchand’s latest misstep?

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Early in the third period, with the Boston Bruins leading 1-0. Brad Marchand was assessed a major penalty (Interference) for his high hit on superstar John Tavares. As the video below shows, it followed a hit on David Pastrnak that seemed fairly innocuous.

Given Marchand’s history of stepping over the line, as well as his status as a true repeat offender under Department of Player Safety rules, we may see supplemental discipline forthcoming for the Bruins 2nd leading scorer.

Marchand has already missed 8 games this season due to injuries. He was most recently suspended two games for spearing Tampa Bay’s Jake Dotchin last year.

Marchand has been suspended 5 times and fined 3 times already in his career. As a result he won’t receive any leniency from the Department of Player Safety at this point in his career.


2 suspension for elbowing R. J. Umberger in 2011

5 games for low-bridge hit on Sami Salo in 2012

2 games for slew-footing Derick Brassard in 2015

3 games for clipping Mark Borowiecki in 2015

2 games for spearing Jake Dotchin in 2016


2011-12: $2,500 for slew-footing Matt Niskanen

2015-16: $5,000 for roughing Gabriel Landeskog

2016-17: $10,000 for tripping Niklas Kronwall


What are your thoughts on the hit?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Bad hit - Deserves major, nothing more
    (315 votes)
  • 18%
    Bad hit - Worth a fine
    (192 votes)
  • 34%
    Bad hit - Worth a game
    (354 votes)
  • 17%
    Okay with the hit
    (178 votes)
1039 votes total Vote Now

What are your thoughts? Will he face further discipline?


Per Arthur Staple of Newsday, who covers the Islanders, Bruins forward Brad Marchand will not face any discipline. For most, myself included, this was a surprising choice given lateness of hit, Marchand’s reputation and repeat offender status, as well as the player he hits status as a face of the NHL.