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NHL: from excitement to shock for Marc-Édouard Vlasic

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The last two days have been a rollercoaster of emotions for Marc-Édouard Vlasic. After the excitement of hiring Mike Grier as general manager of the San Jose Sharks, the defender experienced the shock of Bryan Marchment’s sudden death.

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“This is sad news, very sad. At 53 … Everyone in the organization is still in shock. I’ve seen him sometimes, he had been with the Sharks for a long time, “complained Vlasic today on the sidelines of the Omnium Québec Celebrities, which took place at the Cap-Rouge golf club.

Marchment was found dead in his hotel room in Montreal on Wednesday. He was in the metropolis to attend draft, as a recruiter for the Sharks. The circumstances of his death were still unknown today.

Considered a tough defender, Marchment has played over 900 games in the National League. He had accepted the position of scout in 2007, shortly after his retirement.

Round trip Montreal-Quebec

Since the repechage takes place this year at the Bell Center, Vlasic, originally from Montreal, wanted to be there. He arrived on Tuesday, the day before the tragedy. Despite the emotions of the last few days, the former Remparts wanted to make the trip to Quebec this morning, to honor his promise to participate in the golf tournament organized by the Maurice-Taguay Foundation.

The 35-year-old defender then returned to Montreal to participate in the selection session.

A new era in San Jose

The sad news of Marchment’s death overshadowed the start of a new era in San Jose. Grier, the first African American GM in NHL history, was announced on Tuesday.

The former striker succeeds Doug Wilson, who resigned last April due to health problems after spending 19 years at the helm of the team.

This appointment, Vlasic considers “exciting”. But it’s also a bit special, as the two men were teammates for three seasons with the Sharks, from 2006 to 2009.

Vlasic had just been drafted, while Grier was in his last miles in the National League.

Now the coaches

“It’s kind of weird to have a guy you’ve played with as CEO, noted the Quebecer. But I know him very well, he is very nice. I’m the only Sharks guy who has ever played with him and I got along very well with him, like everyone else at the time. “

The Sharks have been banned from the playoffs in the last three campaigns.

On Friday, coach Bob Boughner, along with his assistants John MacLean and John Madden, were sacked by interim GM Joe Will. After the appointment of the new general manager, that of the new coach will soon arrive.

Boughner’s successor will no doubt be chosen by Grier, Vlasic believes, so that he has “his coaches” in place, as is often the case in the industry.

The defender remembers Grier as a “very hardworking player” and believes he will bring that mentality to his new role.

“He will work hard to put together a competitive team that will be able to return to the playoffs,” he assured.

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