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Bruins winger Brad Marchand named to 2018 All-Star team

Ty Anderson
January 10, 2018 - 5:24 pm

In what should be a shock to nobody (besides himself, apparently), Bruins winger Brad Marchand has been named an NHL All-Star for the second year in a row.

“Initially, I was a little shocked,” Marchand, who leads the Bruins in both goals (17) and points (40) this season, said of his selection. “We have some great teammates that deserve to be there, and I expected them to be there. Very, very honored, very excited to be given the opportunity, and very proud to be part of this game again.”

While the 5-foot-9 Marchand is obviously tops among B’s skaters in almost every offensive category, he is also among the league leaders in several categories, including points per game (fourth), goals per game (eighth) and plus/minus (ninth).

Marchand has also recorded at least one point in 23 of his 32 appearances this season, and is one third of the NHL’s best line, with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, teammates he believes were snubbed from joining him in Tampa later this month.

“They’re huge. I know I wouldn’t have the year that I’m having without them,” Marchand acknowledged. “I owe a lot of it to them. I am very fortunate to have them as linemates – both phenomenal players, both deserved to be here, as well. It is an honor to come to the rink every day and be on their line and have the chemistry we do.”

The 2018 All-Star Game will be held Jan. 28 in Tampa Bay.

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