The San Jose Sharks and the extended NHL family mourned on the eve of the draft. Bryan Marchment, a former defenseman-turned-scout for the Sharks, was found dead in his Montreal hotel room.
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On his second day as Sharks general manager, Mike Grier’s voice trembled as he broke the sad news.
“It’s a sad day for me personally, but an even sadder day for the Sharks,” Grier said. It breaks the hearts of many people in our organization: our players, our staff, and our employees. Bryan touched a lot of people.”
“He was an honest man, a down to earth person. He was kind and caring about the people he met in his life. He had time for everyone.”
“Bryan meant a lot to me, too,” Grier continued. He was great with me in my first few seasons in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers. He treated me with respect and he made me feel at home. And when I needed to eat well, Bryan and Kim would take me out to dinner so I wasn’t alone in the restaurant.
A good recruiter
Marchment died at the age of 53. At the moment, the causes of his death are unknown.
A former first-round pick for the Winnipeg Jets in 1987, he enjoyed a 926-game NHL career with the Jets, Blackhawks, Whalers, Oilers, Lightning, Sharks, Avalanche and Flames.
He has been a scout for the Sharks since the 2007-2008 season, a year after his last season as an NHL defenseman with the Flames (2005-2006).
“He worked just as hard as a scout as he did when he was a defender,” said Grier. He could make long journeys to see players without ever complaining. He was passionate about his job. He did it with heart.”
Kent Hughes, the Canadiens’ general manager, also knew Marchment well.
“With our company Quartexx Management we represented his son Mason,” said Hughes. I am shocked. I think of Mason and his family. This is such sad news. I’m still trying to digest that.”
“Bryan was a tough, physical defender, but he was a really good guy,” he continued. He was simple, he worked hard. He could get in his car and make long drives to watch players.