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Shark scout dies in Montreal

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The San Jose Sharks and the large family of the National Hockey League (NHL) have been in mourning on the eve of the draft. Bryan Marchment, a former defender turned Sharks scout, was found dead in his hotel room in Montreal.

On his second day as general manager of the Sharks, Mike Grier’s voice trembled as he spoke of the sad news.

“It’s a sad day for me personally, but sadder still for the Sharks,” Grier said. It breaks the hearts of many people within our organization: our players, our staff and our employees. Bryan has touched a lot of people. “

“He was an honest man, a down-to-earth person. He was kind and cared about the people he met in his life of him. He had time for everyone “.

“Bryan meant a lot to me too,” Grier continued. He had been great with me in my first NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. He treated me with respect and made me feel at home. And if I needed a good meal, Bryan and Kim would invite me over for dinner so I wouldn’t be alone in the restaurant.

A good recruiter

Marchment died at the age of 53. For the moment the causes of his death remain unknown.

Former Winnipeg Jets first-round pick in 1987, he enjoyed an NHL career of 926 games with Jets, Blackhawks, Whalers, Oilers, Lightning, Sharks, Avalanche and Flames.

He had worked for the Sharks as a scout from the 2007-2008 season, a year after his final season as an NHL defender with the Flames (2005-2006).

“He worked as hard as a scout as he was in his day as a defender,” said Grier. He could travel long distances to see the players, never complaining. He had a passion for his profession. He did it with his heart “.

Kent Hughes, the general manager of the Canadiens, also knew Marchment well.

“With our Quartexx Management company, we represented his son Mason,” said Hughes. I am in shock. I think of Mason and his family. This is such sad news. I’m still trying to digest it. “

“Bryan was a tough and physical defender, but he was a really good guy,” he continued. He was simple, he worked hard. He could jump in the car and drive long trips to watch the players.

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