The San Jose Sharks and the extended NHL family have been grieving on the eve of the draft. Bryan Marchment, a former defenseman who turned scout for the Sharks, was found dead in his Montreal hotel room.
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On his second day as general manager of the Sharks, Mike Grier's voice shook as he spoke of the sad news.
“It's a sad day for me personally, but a day even sadder for the Sharks, Grier acknowledged. It breaks the hearts of many people within our organization: our players, our staff and our employees. Bryan touched a lot of people.”
“He was an honest man, a down to earth person. He was kind and he cared about the people he met in his life. He had time for everyone.”
“Bryan meant a lot to me as well,” Grier continued. He had been great with me in my first seasons in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers. He treated me with respect and he made me feel at home. And if I needed to eat a good meal, Bryan and Kim would take me out for dinner, so I wouldn't end up alone at the restaurant.”
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Marchment died at the age of 53. For the moment, the causes of his death remain unknown.
A former Winnipeg Jets first-round pick in 1987, he enjoyed a 926-game NHL career with the Jets, Blackhawks, Whalers, Oilers, Lightning, Sharks, Avalanche and Flames.  ;
He had worked for the Sharks as a scout since the 2007-2008 season, a year after his last season as a defenseman in the NHL with the Flames (2005-2006).
“He was as hardworking as a scout as he was in his days as a defenseman,” Grier said. He could go on long trips to see players, without ever complaining. He had a passion for his job. He did it with heart.”
Kent Hughes, the general manager of the Canadiens, also knew Marchment well.
“With our firm Quartexx Management, we represented his son Mason, pointed out Hughes. I am in shock. I think of Mason and his family. This is such sad news. I'm still trying to digest that.”
“Bryan was a tough, physical defender, but he was a really good guy,” he continued. He was simple, he worked hard. He could jump in his car and drive long drives to watch players.”