Bryan Marchment was one of the biggest hitters in the game. However, there was always a softer side to the rugged defenseman that made him a well-liked and respected teammate during his 18-year NHL career.
Now, he will put those skills to use in his new position with his former club. From a development standpoint, Marchment’s work with younger developing players will not change much as he was always willing to lend a helping hand, even if the young talent was aiming to potentially grab his job.
“I want to be working with the young guys,” said Marchment. “If the young kids succeed, San Jose succeeds. I’ll give them all the information I can.”
Marchment will work out of his Ontario home. His location will allow for quick trips to wherever Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson requests, from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Worcester to junior games and then occasionally to San Jose.
“This is the best of both worlds and we don’t have to move,” said Marchment, who played in San Jose for six years – the longest of the nine NHL teams he played for.
Not that moving would have been a problem for the entire Marchment family.
“We have a lot of roots in San Jose,” said Marchment. “We still enjoy frequenting the area. The first thing my kids asked me was if we were moving back and they had big smiles on their faces.”
Bringing Marchment back into the Sharks fold was not a knee-jerk decision and seemed to be coming down the pipe for a while.
“We talked briefly a couple of times this last year,” said Marchment. “I think I always wanted to get back to hockey in some shape or form.”
During his year away from the game, Marchment did what many new retirees do, catching up on some hobbies and family time.
“Basically I kissed up a lot at home after being away all those years,” said Marchment. “We finished building a house – actually, my wife did most of it.”
Marchment was away a lot, but that was because he put together a successful 18-year career, with nine clubs. In addition to San Jose, he skated for Winnipeg, Chicago, Hartford, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Colorado, Toronto and Calgary.
“I think that will help in my new job, having played with so many teams,” said Marchment. “I learned a lot from many different people.”
And how many head coaches?
“I could count it up, but it’s bad enough I played for nine teams,” said Marchment.
Now that he’s front office material, Marchment will have to step up his computer skills to join the 21st century scouting methods.
“I’m going to have to learn that system when I get there,” laughed Marchment. “I’m sure it won’t be that bad, but my kids are computer whizzes and they can help me.”
Marchment will be heading to San Jose next month for training camp and he will enjoy this camp much more than he did when he was skating without regular season games for a month.
“Training camp, that is what I wish I could have missed as a player,” said Marchment.
A former No. 1 pick in 1987 with Winnipeg, Marchment is now ready and excited to tackle the second phase of his hockey career.