The last two days have been a rollercoaster of emotions for Marc-Édouard Vlasic. Following the excitement surrounding Mike Grier’s hiring as general manager of the San Jose Sharks, the defenseman experienced the shock of Bryan Marchment’s sudden death.
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“This is sad news, very sad. At 53… Everyone in the organization is still in shock. I’ve seen him sometimes, he’s been with the Sharks for a long time,” Vlasic lamented today on the sidelines of the Omnium Québec Celebrities, which took place at the Cap-Rouge golf club.
Marchment was found dead in his Montreal hotel room on Wednesday. He was in the metropolis to attend the draft as a recruiter for the Sharks. The circumstances of his death are unknown to this day.
A tough defender, Marchment has played in over 900 National League games. He had accepted Boy Scout duties in 2007, shortly after his retirement.
Round trip Montreal-Quebec
With the repechage being held at the Bell Center this year, Montreal native Vlasic wanted to be there. He arrived on Tuesday, the day before the tragedy. Despite the emotions of recent days, the former Remparts wanted to travel to Quebec this morning to fulfill his promise to take part in the golf tournament organized by the Maurice Tanguay Foundation.
The 35-year-old defenseman then returned to Montreal to attend the selection session.
A new era in San Jose
The sad news of Marchment’s death has overshadowed the beginning of a new era in San Jose. The hiring of Grier, the first African American GM in NHL history, was announced Tuesday.
The former forward succeeds Doug Wilson, who resigned last April due to ill health after spending 19 years at the helm of the team.
Vlasic finds this appointment “exciting”. But it’s also special given that the two men were teammates with the Sharks for three seasons between 2006 and 2009.
Vlasic had just been drafted at the time while Grier was on his last mile in the National League.
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“It’s a bit strange to have a general manager who you’ve already played with,” the Quebec native remarked. But I know him very well, he is very nice. I’m the only guy in the Sharks that ever played with him and I really got along with him like everyone else did back then. »
The Sharks have been disqualified from the playoffs in the last three campaigns.
Last Friday, head coach Bob Boughner, along with his assistants John MacLean and John Madden, were fired by interim GM Joe Will. After the appointment of the new managing director, that of the new coach will soon follow.
Boughner’s successor will no doubt be chosen by Grier, Vlasic believes, so that, as is often the case in the industry, he has “his coaches” in place.
The defender remembers Grier as a “very hard-working player” and believes he will bring that mentality to his new role.
“He will work hard to put together a competitive team that can return to the playoffs,” he assured.