Brad Marchand. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Brad Marchand was 23 and wrapping up his first full NHL season when his Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011—and, yeah, he knew how to celebrate.
Remember the parade?
Marchand and the B's fell short in the Cup Final two years later but, starting next week, Boston's back.
The vet's not taking that for granted.
“When you’re part of a team like that, you do expect it to last a long time, you don’t realize how one change in a team can drastically affect how things play out. You know, one player change, one injury, one call—you don’t realize what it takes to get back to the finals, and how fortunate you are,” he said.
Marchand said he’s more appreciative of being in the cup race.
“I realize how hard it is, but at the same time, I’m a lot more calm I guess, in a way,” he said. “It’s just hockey, we’ve done it a million times. We’re just gonna go and try to do what we’ve done all year, and be in a good place. It’s fun, it’s exciting. We may never be back here again, so, gotta enjoy it.”
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports