Brad Marchand: 'Went on a bit of a tear'

If you were wondering why Brad Marchand wasn't featured in the Boston Bruins' championship DVD, the popular instigator provided an answer in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated: He was too drunk to be interviewed.

Three nights after the Bruins secured their first Stanley Cup in 39 years, the team celebrated deep into the night at a now notorious party at a club at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. The next day, the Bruins each took their turns being interviewed for the commemorative DVD. When it was the 23-year-old Marchand's turn, at 4 p.m., he was excused because he was, as he put it, "intoxicated."

"[After the Cup, linemate Tyler Seguin] and I went on a bit of a tear, partying pretty much every night for a while," Marchand told Sports Illustrated. "I went home and kinda continued it. I thought [winning a championship] was something that might never happen, so I was trying to take it all in, enjoy it. ... My dad sat me down and sorta gave me a lashing. He told me if we win two of the next three years, he'd leave me alone."

Just before the season, Marchand acknowledged in his diary on ESPNBoston.com that the team "obviously went a little excessive the first couple of weeks [after winning the Cup]. That's all it was though, a week or two of fun. We accomplished our dream and our lifelong goal. We went a little overboard. We'll know better for next time."

In that same diary entry, Marchand admitted that when he got a "Stanley Cup Champions" tattoo over the summer, the tattoo artist originally misspelled "Champions" (substituting an "a" for the "o").

After a slow start to the season (the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover), Marchand hit his stride in November and has had a solid season to date, with 19 goals and 20 assists for the defending champions.