TOP 100 OILERS: BRYAN MARCHMENT (90)

Based on Bad Ass Factor (BAF) alone, Bryan Marchment makes the list of Top 100 Edmonton Oilers. If there’s been a player who has donned Oilers silks who shredded more knee ligaments and left more opponents writhing on the ice in pain over the course of his career than the bent-nosed blueliner teammates called Mush, I can’t think of him.

If Marchment patrolled the blue line for your team, as he did with the Oilers for parts of four seasons, he was an old-school banger who made opponents pay a price for not having their heads up or admiring a pass. If he played for the other guys, he was a dirty @%#$# cheap shot artist who deserved an ass-kicking the moment he skated onto the ice. Either way, Mush went about his work with great diligence and commitment.

Bryan Marchment  #7

Defenseman
NUMBER: 7 BIRTHDATE: May 1, 1969
HEIGHT: 6′ 1″ BIRTHPLACE:  Scarborough, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 200 DRAFTED: WIN / 1987 NHL Entry Draft
SHOOTS: Left ROUND: 1st   (16th overall)

BY THE NUMBERS

CAREER REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
1988-89 JETS (1979) 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0
1988-89 BELLEVILLE BULLS-OHL 43 14 36 50 118
1989-90 JETS (1979) 7 0 2 2 0 28 0 0 0 5 0.0
1989-90 MONCTON HAWKS-AHL 56 4 19 23 217
1990-91 JETS (1979) 28 2 2 4 -5 91 0 0 0 24 8.3
1990-91 MONCTON HAWKS-AHL 33 2 11 13 101
1991-92 BLACKHAWKS 58 5 10 15 -4 168 2 0 0 55 9.1
1992-93 BLACKHAWKS 78 5 15 20 15 313 1 0 1 75 6.7
1993-94 BLACKHAWKS 13 1 4 5 -2 42 0 0 0 18 5.6
1993-94 WHALERS 42 3 7 10 -12 124 0 1 1 74 4.0
1994-95 OILERS 40 1 5 6 -11 184 0 0 0 57 1.8
1995-96 OILERS 78 3 15 18 -7 202 0 0 0 96 3.1
1996-97 OILERS 71 3 13 16 13 132 1 0 0 89 3.4
1997-98 OILERS 27 0 4 4 -2 58 0 0 0 23 0.0
1997-98 LIGHTNING 22 2 4 6 -3 43 0 0 0 20 10.0
1997-98 SHARKS 12 0 3 3 2 43 0 0 0 13 0.0
1998-99 SHARKS 59 2 6 8 -7 101 0 0 0 49 4.1
1999-00 SHARKS 49 0 4 4 3 72 0 0 0 51 0.0
2000-01 SHARKS 75 7 11 18 15 204 0 1 3 73 9.6
2001-02 SHARKS 72 2 20 22 22 178 0 0 0 68 2.9
2002-03 SHARKS 67 2 9 11 -2 108 0 0 0 66 3.0
2002-03 AVALANCHE 14 0 3 3 4 33 0 0 0 18 0.0
2003-04 MAPLE LEAFS 75 1 3 4 4 106 0 0 0 56 1.8
2005-06 FLAMES 37 1 2 3 8 75 0 0 0 16 6.2
NHL TOTALS 926  40  142  182  31 2,307  4 2 5 947  4.2

CAREER PLAYOFF STATISTICS

SEASON TEAM GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
1991-92 BLACKHAWKS 16 1 0 1 0 36 0 0 0 11 9.1
1992-93 BLACKHAWKS 4 0 0 0 1 12 0 0 0 6 0.0
1996-97 OILERS 3 0 0 0 -3 4 0 0 0 2 0.0
1997-98 SHARKS 6 0 0 0 1 10 0 0 0 5 0.0
1998-99 SHARKS 6 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 7 0.0
1999-00 SHARKS 11 2 1 3 2 12 0 0 0 16 12.5
2000-01 SHARKS 5 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 0 10 0.0
2001-02 SHARKS 12 1 1 2 -1 10 0 0 0 11 9.1
2002-03 AVALANCHE 7 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 3 0.0
2003-04 MAPLE LEAFS 13 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 2 0.0
NHL TOTALS 83 4 3 7 4 102 0 0 0 73 5.5

NOTABLE

Marchment played no favourites, and there was no such thing as friends on the ice, as Oiler fans well remember. A teammate of Doug Weight during his entire tenure with the Oilers, Marchment had Edmonton fans screaming for his blood after a knee-on-knee hit on Weight Dec. 28, 2000 in San Jose.

With Weight being angled off and engaged by Gary Suter, Marchment came in and clipped Weight on the left knee. Weight, uninjured but incensed, later attacked Marchment. Marchment skated away from the retaliatory outburst smirking, Weight got tossed out of the game for it.

Early in the next game back in Edmonton, Georges Laraque, who was criticized for not inflicting any payback in San Jose, made a bee-line for Marchment, dropping him with a left hand on the button in brief, furious scrap in front of the team benches. In the post-game scrum, Marchment shrugged it off as no big deal. Part of the game — like the hit that led to it.

THE STORY

A habitual offender in his era, Marchment was suspended 13 times in his first 12 seasons. The list of players he injured includes Mike Modano, Joe Nieuwendyk, Greg Adams, Mike Gartner, Kevin Dineen, Peter Zezel, Pavel Bure, Sami Salo, Paul Kariya, Wendel Clark and Martin Ručínský.

One can only imagine how the NHL’s head office would handle Marchment today if he went about his business now as he did them, but suffice to say he’d be contributing all of his salary to the player fund for suspensions before drawing a lifetime ban.

Marchment, now a scout and coach with the Sharks, never made excuses or apologies for the way he played as he cut a swath of pain through the NHL, and how you viewed him then depended entirely on which jersey he was wearing at the time. On BAF alone, Mush makes my list.

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  • Big Cap

    Great article as usual, RB.

    Loved Mush and what he brought to the team. However reading write ups like this make me even more mad and frustrated at the current level of grit, care, and passion this soft current roster plays with.

    At 6 million a year, and being vets of this club, RNH and Ebs should be very embarrassed on how they play and represent this team.

    All the RNH and Ebs supporters must see first hand that these 2 little babies are not leading this team but dragging us down. Tell me again how good of a 2 way player RNH is or how silky Ebs mitts are.

    They both need to go and shake this roster up!!!

    • Jay (not J)

      I hate these sorts of posts because I find myself goaded into defending players I don’t want to defend. Yeah, they both had crummy nights last night and they could both learn to play with a bit more toughness. They are hardly alone in that. I will acknowledge that there may be roads to improvement that include trading both of these players, but right now today the team does not magically get better by removing them for whatever PC can get.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    To be fair, not ALL of his hits were dirty. I loved watching him play and enjoyed the physical element he brought to the team (but cringed when he crossed the line).

    Worst memory of him was the game where he caught an edge in the neutral zone and fell backwards into the bench door, hitting his head. Seeing him on the ice in a seizure was horrifying. Glad he was able to recover and play for many years after that.

    • One of the most horrifying scenes in NHL history I would submit. I am puzzled to this day why the camera didn’t pan away or a commercial break was called for.

      Wish we had a Mush and a Gator on our back end right now. Maybe they can come out of retirement and suit up – couldn’t be any worse than what we have out there right now, and they could kick the living s#!t out of a few of our softies in the Oil locker room while they were at it.

    • Jay (not J)

      I think that was the Dallas playoff series. Was harder to hate on Dallas when I read Guy Carboneau and Craig Ludwig went and visited Mush in the hospital. Those teams had some great battles.

  • Rob...

    Loved Marchement, but he was definately nasty. Some of those knees were attempts to injure, guaranteed.

    And like Igor, he had a habit of making some pretty brutal turnovers at the wrong time.

    • Morgo_82

      1) you’re basing the fact that the Oilers “suck” because of one’s guys opinion on a list

      2) he’s the 100th best player, that’s not actually that much of an accomplishment

      3) If you made top 100 lists for each team, I can guarantee you that there would be a lot worse players on them compared to him

      4) stop reading the entire list if #100 makes you this upset

      5) feel free to make your own list, post it and then watch every A hole with an opinion tear it to shreds before even seeing the entire thing

      • TKB2677

        Wow buddy. Do you need a hug? Everything OK at home?

        I make one comment and you go on a rant. I was just shocked he made the list given if you add up all is games, it adds up to just over 2 seasons in the NHL for the Oilers. 189 games isn’t much.

  • Jay (not J)

    Ugly player. Too bad PC can’t find his clone out there today. I dunno. Lots of teams have a crummier defence than they want. Why don’t you ever hear anymore about the Oilers getting the opposition ‘off their game’ or drawing a game misconduct from their top offensive player with a borderline hit? I would suggest that the way the Oilers have been trying to improve for the last 10 years (just wait until the draft plugs every hole – by the time Hall retires he should be one of 23 first overall draft picks on the Oilers’ roster)isn’t working and maybe looking for that uglier disruptive dimension to their game might help them move forward. We need dirty and disrespectful -we need to at least give it a chance because we can’t fall lower than 30th place (at least until 2017).

  • Morgo_82

    Dead on with this article, loved him on the Oilers and hated him afterwards. He could never play in the NHL now because he would be suspended more times than Torres and Cooke combined.

  • Lofty

    If only there was a way to bottle his nastiness and sprinkle it on guys like Jultz.

    Here’s hoping Darnell will continue to develop what he’s showing early on.

  • TKB2677

    Great dman. Also had a nice hard (if a bit wild) point shot to scare the opponents with.

    Lots of good d-men have come over from Winnipeg in the past. They have a great blue line now, lots of toughness. Let’s bring in Byfuglien!!!

  • Spydyr

    “Early in the next game back in Edmonton, Georges Laraque, who was criticized for not inflicting any payback in San Jose, made a bee-line for Marchment, dropping him with a left hand on the button in brief, furious scrap in front of the team benches.”

    From a bygone era when the Oilers actually stood up for one another instead of making sure their skates were tied.Even if it was the next game.

    Good times.

  • ubermiguel

    Perfect write up. I loved Marchment when he was an Oilers, but wow he would not make it in the league today.

    My favorite Marchment story I heard on CHED once: in a fight in juniors he broke the other guy’s nose…while the other guy was wearing a cage. How hard do you have to hit to do that?!

    Sorry to repeat this every article, but it bears repeating once again: making the Top 100 for the Oilers means you were merely above average for 3/4 of a season. Marchment didn’t put up big numbers but he had impact; when he was on the ice the other team knew it, were a little more afraid and played differently.

  • Van isl Oiler

    Seems strange to show so much respect for anyone who clearly didn’t respect anyone else. I love big, mean guys who follow the “code”. Not this cheap type of player. I wanted Marchment off the team just as I wanted Torres off the team. Go ahead and trash me…don’t care. This whole aricle is about how dirty he was, nothing about his play. Booooo!!

  • Quicksilver ballet

    A rare breed indeed.

    His first pro camp with the Jets, the coaching staff had to ask him to take it easy on the Jet veteran players. He didn’t care who you were. If you put yourself in a vulnerable position, his own team mates paid the price the first couple weeks.

    The 80’s early 90’s was the NHLs finest era. The emotion has since been removed from the game.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Marchment was a big time old-school hip checker, too.

    Saw him in a home game against the Panthers and he connected a guy at the blue line, sending the Panther player airborne, fully extended, upside down, about 6 feet above the ice. Unreal hit.

    Two replays on the video scoreboard drew huge cheers from the Oilers fans.

    Muni may have taken out more knees with his low-bridge hits, but the opposition always knew when Marchment was on the ice.

    Loved the guy when he played for us, although he definitely crossed the line from time to time. IIRC, that was the reason the Oil traded him–too many penalties?