Ricci and Thornton pay their respects at the Marchment Memorial
Family and friends of Bryan Marchment gathered to say goodbye to “Mush” recently in Oshawa.
Marchment, 53, died of natural causes July 6 in Montreal, a day before the NHL Draft at the Bell Center.
Since 2007-08, Marchment has been part of the San Jose Sharks organization as a development coach and scout.
The tough defenseman was a first-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 1987. One of the league’s most feared hitters, Marchment played with the Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Hartford Whalers, Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Sharks, Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs. , and the Calgary Flames for 926 games in a 17-year career. “Mush” patrolled the San Jose Sharks blue line from 1998 to 2003. He retired after the 2005-06 campaign.
In yesterday’s episode of his 32 Thoughts podcast, Elliotte Friedman, who attended the memorial, painted a touching portrait: “I went to the memorial in Oshawa, to the generals.
As a junior, Marchment actually played for the Belleville Bulls, so it’s a kind gesture for the Generals to open the Tribute Communities Center for family and friends.
“Louie DeBrusk, I didn’t know he was going to be the MC for the event. Louie did an amazing job.
DeBrusk and Marchment were teammates in Edmonton and Tampa Bay from 1994 to 1998.
“The speeches were really, really well done. There were a lot of people there, you can see they were in absolute shock, but they spoke so well.
“Dion Phaneuf, I didn’t realize that Bryan Marchment and Dion Phaneuf were very close. They became very close friends when they were together in Calgary. Phaneuf, it was very difficult for him to speak. He’s a very stoic guy. But he got up there, he did.
Marchment and Phaneuf were teammates during Marchment’s final NHL season in 2005-06.
“Mike Ricci, he came after a video. You could tell it was very difficult for him to collect his thoughts.
Ricci and Marchment played six seasons with the San Jose Sharks from 1997 to 2003. They have also worked together in San Jose since 2008-09.
“Scott Thornton actually brought his wife Joelle up with him, to support him as he spoke.”
Thornton and Marchment played together for seven seasons in Belleville, Edmonton and San Jose.
“All the speakers, and I’m sorry if I missed anyone off the top of my head, there were a lot of people still in shock.
“The people I really wanted to single out, Bryan Marchment’s dad was sitting there in a Sharks jersey with his wife. He got up to speak. He wasn’t supposed to, but he got up to say a few words towards the end.
This is striking, the image of John and Jo-Anne Marchment having to mourn their son.
“Also, the sisters of Bryan Marchment. I believe they were the first two speakers to come up there. They were hilarious.
“I didn’t know Bryan Marchment very well. I just wanted out of respect. But from what I knew of Bryan Marchment, the way his sisters spoke, they sounded like Marchments.
Thank you, Elliotte, for capturing the scene.
“It was really, really something. I know the Sharks organization is hurting. I know the Marchment family and friends have been hurting.
“I just wanted to say that the memorial, the people, there was a very nice turnout to support them.”
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