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A New Contract For Brad Marchand

09/26/2016 at 11:08am EDT

added 12:20pm, Boston release is below...

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, September 26, that the team has signed forward Brad Marchand to an eight-year, $49 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season worth an average annual value of $6.125 million.

Sweeney will be available to the media today at 5 p.m. ET at TD Garden (location inside TD Garden TBD). The Bruins Communications Staff will provide a transcript of the availability and an audio archive on the team's media website shortly after the availability concludes.

"This is an extremely exciting day for me and my family," said Marchand. "I would like to thank the Jacobs family, Cam Neely, Don Sweeney, Claude Julien, the coaching staff, my teammates and our fans for their continued support and belief in me. I have been a Bruin since the start of my pro career and there is no place I would rather play. I look forward to doing everything I can to help our team achieve success and bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston."

Marchand, 28, completed his seventh NHL season with the Bruins in 2015-16, establishing career-highs in goals (37) and points (60), while adding 90 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating in 77 games. His 37 goals ranked sixth in the NHL and were the most by a Bruins player since Glen Murray (44) in 2002-03.

In 2014-15, the 5-foot-9, 181-pound forward skated in 77 games, posting 24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points with 95 penalty minutes. Marchand played in all 82 games for the Bruins in 2013-14, netting 25 goals and adding 28 assists for 53 points with 64 penalty minutes and a plus-36 rating (third-highest in the NHL behind David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron ). For his career, Marchand has played in 454 NHL games - all with the Bruins - accumulating 153 goals and 135 assists for 288 points with 434 penalty minutes.

Marchand has appeared in 66 postseason games with the Black and Gold from 2010-14, compiling 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points with 81 penalty minutes. During the Bruins' Stanley Cup Championship run in 2011, Marchand potted 11 goals - second-most in the postseason behind teammate David Krejci.

Marchand began his professional career with the Providence Bruins in 2008-09, appearing in 79 games and recording 18 goals and 41 assists for 59 points with 67 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating. He followed that with another successful campaign in Providence in 2009-10, tallying 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in just 34 games before being called up to Boston later in the season.

Marchand is currently representing Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, where he is tied for the most goals (3) and has the second-most points (5) of any skater in the tournament, as Canada has advanced to the WCH Final Series. This is the fifth time Marchand has been selected to compete for his home country in international play. He tallied four goals and three assists in 10 games as he helped Canada earn a gold medal at the 2016 IIHF Men's World Championships, held this past June in Russia. Marchand previously won gold with Team Canada at the IIHF World U-20 Championships in 2007 and 2008. He also earned a bronze medal with Team Canada Atlantic at the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia native was originally selected by the Bruins in the third round (71st overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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