Massive stroke kills Sharks scout Bryan Marchment in Montreal

Massive stroke kills Sharks scout Bryan Marchment in Montreal

The San Jose Sharks scout, who died in the NHL draft in Montreal last summer, died of a “massive hemorrhagic stroke,” according to the coroner’s report released today.

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“[Bryan] Marchment has a history of sport-related (hockey) concussions. Otherwise he was known to be in good health,” Me Steeve Poisson said in his report.

While he can’t establish a “direct link” between Mr Marchment’s death and concussions, he points out that research on the subject shows they “can have more health implications than we think, and risk in particular.” a concussion increase stroke.

Lifeless in his hotel room

The 53-year-old former NHL player was found dead in his hotel room on July 6 when his fellow Sharks feared he would not show up.

The workers then went to the site and when they received no reply from Mr. Marchment the security bolt had to be cut.

The rescue workers were quickly on site and unsuccessfully carried out resuscitation maneuvers. His death was later announced.


An autopsy was performed on his remains to determine the cause of death.

“The pathologist described a massive hemorrhagic cerebrovascular accident (CVA) that probably resulted from a hypertensive attack,” explained Me Steeve Poisson.

A hypertensive flare is a significant increase in blood pressure. It had no identifiable cause.

Toxicological analyzes showed that the victim’s blood did not contain alcohol. The police ruled out criminal elements in this case.

Almost 1000 games in the NHL

Marchment was a former Winnipeg Jets first-round pick in 1987 and had a 926-game NHL career with the Jets, Blackhawks, Whalers, Oilers, Lightning, Sharks, Avalanche, Maple Leafs and the Flames.

Bryan Marching with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2004

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Bryan Marching with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2004

He has been a scout for the Sharks since the 2007-2008 season, a year after his last season as an NHL defenseman with the Flames (2005-2006).

“He was just as diligent as a scout as he was when he was a defender,” Sharks general manager Mike Grier said during the draft. He could make long journeys to see players without ever complaining. He was passionate about his job. He did it with heart.”

– With the collaboration of Nora T. Lamontagne and Jean-François Chaumont

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