Brad Marchand offered more details on off-season hip surgery


Marchand was able to recover much faster than originally expected.

Brad Marchand on his season debut with the Bruins in the recent win over the Red Wings. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Brad Marchand recently made a prolific return to the Bruins roster after missing the start of the season with hip surgery.

The 34-year-old winger, who scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-1 win over the Red Wings on Oct. 27, joined the roster after a surprisingly quick recovery from double arthroscopy hip and labral repair.

While the injury was originally supposed to keep him out until around Thanksgiving, Marchand was able to be back before the end of October.

During a recent interview with ESPN hockey reporter Emily Kaplan, Marchand acknowledged that he was still looking for a way to return sooner than the original six-month deadline.

“I said, ‘We can do it two ways,'” he told his medical team. “You can help me where I do, and we make sure I don’t hurt myself. Or I’m just gonna do it behind your back, ’cause I’m gonna do what I feel like I have to do to get back sooner, and I’m probably gonna hurt myself ’cause I don’t know what I should do, and I’m gonna do it. do anyway.

Eventually, the two sides reached a compromise: Marchand would aim for the last week of October. It wasn’t exactly what he wanted (the season opener), but it was better than the original projections.

The full outcome of his accelerated rehabilitation remains to be seen, as Marchand has only played one game so far. Looking beyond the short term, however, is something the veteran striker has the luxury of doing due to his choice to have surgery on both hips at once.

In a stark admission, Marchand described to Kaplan what he was told after the proceedings in May.

“One of the first things the doctor said to me after [surgery] was, ‘You’re lucky you had done both, because you would have been done in a year or two,’ Marchand explained. “Because by then I would have needed a full hip replacement and my career would have been over.”

Instead, Marchand — whose playing time is still being managed as he continues to recover — is back in the fold at a perfect time for Boston. Through the first nine games of the season, the Bruins hold the best record of 8-1 in the NHL.

Marchand, who made his NHL debut in 2009, has been a Bruins mainstay for more than a decade. The four-time All-Star helped Boston win its first Stanley Cup trophy in 39 years in 2011, and made two other appearances in the championship round during his career with the Bruins.


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