Many thought he would be considered, especially because he’s in the midst of a career season -- 32 goals and 16 assists in 59 games -- but the management team for Canada decided to take the wait-and-see approach.
“When you look at the team, there are a lot of phenomenal players on that roster,” Marchand said. “I’m very happy for all the guys, especially [Tyler Seguin] and [Patrice Bergeron], I’m very happy for both of them.”
Marchand has a reputation around the league for being a dirty player, and his list of suspensions and fines is indicative of how he tends to play the game at times. He is relentless, competitive and sometimes crosses that line, but he doesn’t think it will hurt his chances of earning one of final spots before June 1.
The question is whether or not his fellow Canadians would want him as a teammate.
“Guys in this league know that every day you go on the ice you’re doing a job. We all go out there to do the same thing and that’s to help our team win and however you do that,” Marchand said. “Guys play harder than I do, or dirtier than I do, so I don’t think it has any effect on it. It’s more about who they think is going to help the team win.”
Overall, Canada will add seven more players before the final roster is announced on June 1. Marchand doesn’t know if he’ll be one of them.
“I don’t know,” he said. “That’s not up to me. I’m more concerned about playing better for this team [Bruins] and being good every night for our group and ultimately that’s what matters and that’s what I’m focused on.”
Bergeron’s international résumé is outstanding. He’s won two gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, a gold medal at the 2004 World Championships, a gold medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships and was named the tournament’s MVP. Bergeron would like to share the international stage with Marchand at the World Cup.
“It would be great,” Bergeron said. “He’s proven himself over the years, especially this year how good he is and how competitive he is every game. He always makes something happen every time he steps on the ice and right now he’s on pace and getting close to 40 [goals]. He’s been very impressive this year and has been a huge part of helping me be a good player every night.”
If Canada is looking for chemistry, Marchand, Bergeron and Seguin would be an impressive line.
Marchand participated in Team Canada’s training camp during the summer and hopes there’s still a chance to wear that sweater next September.
“It was a big honor to go to that camp,” he said. “Anytime you have the opportunity to even be mentioned in the thoughts of potentially being in the lineup, it’s nice. That is something I would be very honored to be a part of, but ultimately it comes down to how I play and how other guys play. I’m not going to over think it.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien is on the coaching staff for Team Canada and said Marchand is a player still on the radar.
“I was trying to get on his good side all year,” Marchand said with a smile.