Ricci, Thornton pay tribute in March Memorial

Ricci, Thornton pay tribute in March Memorial


Family and friends of Brian Marchment gathered in Oshawa recently to say goodbye to “Mush.”

Marchment, 53, died of natural causes in Montreal on July 6, one day before the NHL draft at the Bell Centre.

Since 2007-08, Marchment has been part of the San Jose Sharks organization as a developmental coach and scout.

The stout defenseman was a first-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 1987. One of the league’s most feared hitters, Marshment pitched for the Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Hartford Walls, Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Calgary Flames for 926 games over a 17-year career. From 1998 to 2003, “Mush” dominated the San Jose Sharks’ blue line. He retired after the 2005–06 campaign.

On yesterday’s episode of the 32 Thoughts podcast, Eliot Friedman, who attended the memorial, said, “I went to the memorial at the Generals’ House in Oshawa.

As a teenager, Marchment actually played for the Belleville Bulls, so that’s a kind gesture for the Generals to open the Tribute Community Center for family and friends.

“Louis DeBrusk, I didn’t know he was going to be the MC of the show. Louie did an incredible job.

DeBrusk and Marchment were teammates in Edmonton and Tampa Bay from 1994 to 1998.

“The talks were really great. A lot of people were there, you could tell, they were in absolute shock, but they spoke well.

“I didn’t realize Dion Phaneuf, Brian Marchment and Dion Phaneuf were so tight. They became very close friends during their time together in Calgary. Phaneuf, it was very difficult for him to talk. He is a very brave man. But he got up there, he did it. “

Marchant and Phaneuf were teammates during March’s final NHL season in 2005-06.

“Mike Ritchie, he came after a video. You could tell it was very difficult for him to gather his thoughts.

Ritchie and Marchment played six seasons with the San Jose Sharks from 1997 to 2003. They also worked together in San Jose from 2008-09.

“Scott Thornton had his wife walk with Joel to support him while he was speaking.”

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 who were still in shock.

“The people I really want to single out are Brian Marchant’s father sitting with his wife in a Sharks jersey. He stood up to speak. He shouldn’t have done it, but he got up to say a few words towards the end.”

That hits hard, the image of John and Jo-Anne Marchment having to grieve for their son.

“Also Brian Marchment’s sisters. I believe they were the first two speakers to get up there. They were very funny.

“I didn’t know Brian Marchment very well. I wanted to go out of my way. But what I knew about Brian Marchment, the way his sisters talked, they sounded like Marchment.

Thanks, Elliotte, for hosting the show.

“It was definitely something. I know the Sharks organization is hurting. I know March’s family and friends are hurting.

“I wanted to say the memorial, people, there was a great turnout to support them.”

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