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 last summer in the NHL Draft in Montreal has died of a “massive hemorrhagic stroke”, according to the coroner's report released today today.

“[Bryan] Marchment was known for concussions in the past in a sports (hockey) context. Otherwise, he was known to be in good health”, described Me Steeve Poisson in his report.

If he cannot make a “direct link” between the death of Mr. Marchment and the concussions, he points out that research on this subject shows that they “may have more health consequences than previously thought, including increasing the risk of having a 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 colleagues at the Sharks were worried that he would not appear.

Employees then went to the scene and when they did not get a response from Mr. Marchment, the safety latch had to be cut. 

Rescue arrived quickly on the scene and carried out resuscitation maneuvers, without success. He was later declared dead.


An autopsy was performed on his remains in an attempt to determine the cause of death.&nbsp ;

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

A hypertensive flare is a significant rise in blood pressure. It would not have an identified cause. 

Toxicological analyzes revealed that there was no alcohol in the blood of the victim. Police ruled out any criminal element in this case. 

Almost 1000 NHL games

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

Bryan Marched with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2004

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

“He was as hardworking as a scout as he was in his days as a defenseman,” Sharks general manager Mike Grier said during the draft. He could go on long trips to see players, without ever complaining. He had a passion for his job. He did it with heart.”

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

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