According to his agent, former National Hockey League defenceman Bryan Marchment passed away suddenly on Wednesday in Montreal. He was 53.
The news of Marchment’s passing was confirmed to the Associated Press by longtime agent Rick Curran. Marchment was representing the San Jose Sharks as a scout during the National Hockey League draught that was held in Montreal.
There was no immediate information available regarding the cause of death.
Mike Grier, who was just appointed general manager of the Sharks on Tuesday, expressed his feelings on the day by saying, “It’s a sad day for me personally, and a very sad day for our company.”
“He meant a lot to a lot of people in our organisation, our players, our staff, and everyone who knew Brian and the kind of man he was. He will be missed by a lot of people.” He was a straightforward, easygoing, and loving individual who genuinely cared about the welfare of others. He was able to speak with each and every person in the structure. Everyone he came in contact with received his whole attention.
We are heartbroken.
Our deepest condolences go out to Bryan’s family, friends and our Sharks community at this time. pic.twitter.com/5DExiSoXXn
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) July 6, 2022
Marchment played with Winnipeg, Chicago, Hartford, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, San Jose, Colorado, Toronto, and Calgary for parts of 17 NHL seasons between 1989 and 2006. Since 2007, the man from Scarborough, Ontario, worked as a scout and in other roles for the Sharks and their American Hockey League affiliate.
In statements released Wednesday afternoon, the NHL and the NHL Alumni Association said they were sorry for what happened. GMs found out that Marchment had died while they were at the draught for their annual meeting.
“Just shocking and terrible news,” Chuck Fletcher of Philadelphia said. “Very young man. You must be thinking about his family and friends at the moment.”
Grier played with Marchment on the Oilers, and Marchment made him feel welcome and treated him with respect right away, Grier said.
“If I ever needed anything, whether it was a home-cooked dinner instead of eating out every day, he and (wife) Kim would have me over,” Grier said. “So, it’s a very difficult day.”
Grier lauded Marchment for his diligence as an employee and stated that San Jose’s employees would continue to fulfil their tasks at the draught despite the loss of Marchment’s presence.
“I gave them some time to regroup and have some time to themselves to digest and grieve,” he added. “I also gave them some time to have some time to themselves.” I’m familiar with the name ‘Mush,’ which is what he would call me. Because he would want us to come back to work and do our best so that we may have the best draught possible, we will. ”