Bryan Marchment was a former NHL defenseman who played for nine teams, including the San Jose Sharks, where he spent five seasons and later worked as a scout. He died on July 6, 2022, in Montreal at the age of 53, shocking and saddening the hockey world. But what was the cause of his death, and how did the fans and players react on Reddit?
A Sudden and Mysterious Death
Marchment was in Montreal with the Sharks management, preparing for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, when he passed away unexpectedly. The official cause of his death was not publicly announced, although it was described as sudden and natural. a Montreal police spokesperson said that investigators found “no evidence to indicate” foul play or anything suspicious.
However, some conspiracy theories emerged on social media, suggesting that Marchment died from a vaccine-related adverse reaction, such as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). This was based on a tweet by a user named @VaccineTruth2, who claimed that Marchment was “fully vaccinated” and had a “massive heart attack”. The tweet was later deleted, but not before it was screenshot and shared by other users.
who pointed out that Marchment had no history of previous illness, and that SADS is a rare genetic condition that affects young people, not older adults. The tweet was also criticized by many Reddit users, who called it “disgusting” and “irresponsible”.
A Tribute and a Moment of Silence
Despite the lack of official information, the hockey community paid tribute to Marchment, who was known as a tough and physical player, who played with an edge and was not afraid to drop the gloves. He was also respected and admired by his teammates and opponents, who praised his character and leadership.
On Reddit, many fans shared their memories and condolences, especially on the r/leafs and r/SanJoseSharks subreddits, where Marchment played the most. Some fans recalled his hits, fights, and goals, while others thanked him for his contributions to the teams and the sport. Some fans also expressed their sympathy for his family, especially his son, Mason, who is a forward for the Florida Panthers.
At the start of the NHL Draft on July 8, commissioner Gary Bettman led the Montreal crowd at Bell Centre in observing a moment of silence for Marchment. He also acknowledged his achievements and legacy, saying that he was “a beloved member of the hockey family”.
A Legacy and a Loss
Marchment played 926 games over a 17-year NHL career, scoring 40 goals and 182 assists, and accumulating 2,307 penalty minutes. He also played in 83 playoff games, scoring four goals and 13 assists. He won the Calder Cup with the Cape Breton Oilers in 1993, and reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Calgary Flames in 2004.
He retired in 2006, and joined the Sharks as a scout and player development coach in 2008. He was responsible for scouting the team’s prospects at the college and Canadian major junior levels, and working with the San Jose Barracuda players. He also mentored and supported many young players, who looked up to him as a role model.
He is survived by his parents, his wife, Kim, and their two children, daughter Logan, and son, Mason. He is remembered as a fierce and fearless competitor, who played with passion and heart. He was a loyal and loving friend, who cared for his family and his community. He was Bryan Marchment, and he will be missed.