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Family ties run deep for Marchand

Brad Marchand, who will make his NHL playoff debut tonight, has a one-word definition to describe father Kevin’s hockey profile: goon. During Kevin Marchand’s junior career, he once racked up 40 fights in 40 games.

“I used to be very aggressive in junior hockey,” Kevin admitted. “I was leading in penalty minutes one season — 358 penalty minutes. A record when I played. For two years, I was doing that kind of hockey. Then my coach [Paul Gallagher, now a scout for the Panthers] stepped in to teach me to apply my physicality to the benefit of the team. I had 35 goals my fourth year and was captain. He educated me on how to be a player. That’s what I tried to teach my two boys. Be physical, but try and be a skilled player.”

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Kevin recalled one incident from Brad’s atom career. It was a no-contact league, and one of his son’s opponents wasn’t playing by the rules.

“One of the coaches mentioned it to Brad,” said Kevin. “He said, ‘See that kid? I need you to go out and hit him.’ He came right off the bench to center ice. He went underneath him, hit him, and knocked him over. The other fellow lost his stick and gloves. He didn’t get hurt. But he got all frustrated. The referees gave him a penalty for his reaction, not Brad. He listened exactly to what his coach said and got it done. The kid never made contact with another guy.”

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