Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand will be making his way back on the ice by the last week of November. He is pretty optimistic and needless to say excited to skate with his team for the first time since his May surgery.
He underwent hip arthroscopy and labral repair on each hip side in May. Issues came forth after he had his hernia surgery in 2020. He knew that his hip was facing issues and would need to get treated sooner than later. After a 6-months of recovery period, he is finally wearing his skating gear.
Brad Marchand hopeful with the team for the 2022-23 NHL season
On Thursday at Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament in Plymouth, Marchand talked about his expected return after rehabilitation, “It’s pretty much like learning how to skate again”. “Very light for this next little while and then hopefully progress each week. … The last few days of November is kind of the target date (to return).”
The upcoming 2022-23 season will be starting in October, but Marchand is expected to miss out on the first few weeks. The team has its opener night against the Washington Capitals on October 12th. In the regular season, Marchand led the Bruins with 80 points, and 2nd with 32 goals, in 70 games.
In the Eastern Conference First Round against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins lost in 7 games. Nevertheless, Marchand posted a score of 11 points with 4 goals and 7 assists in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games. For the past 9 seasons, he recorded 24 goals in each with 80 points in 5 out of 6 seasons.
Marchand commented about the ominous feeling he felt after the 2020 injury, “Once I got that done, I had issues all over the place, the hip issue they realized there was a little more to it. Then it was more just about figuring out how to do it.”
“What it came down to was trying to get as many years out of my body as I could and to do that, I had to do it sooner than later. That’s why we did it this year.” “I think we’re going to have a really good start [this season]. The guys look really good right now … hoping that they put a really good push on.”
He’s excited to have the Bruins captain Patrice Bergeon back on the team with a 1-year contract, and also center David Krejci. Apart from the guys we also have coach Jim Montgomery with whom Marchand has never skated. He was excited to have his health back and be with the guys and absorb the training lessons from Jim.