Brad Marchand reveals who he really wants to fight.
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Brad Marchand reveals who he really wants to fight.

The notorious agitator for the Boston Bruins raised some eyebrows with his comments on Saturday.

Jonathan Larivee

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has become notorious around the National Hockey League for his ability to get under the skin of opposing teams, players, and even their fans with his antics on the ice. It would seem though that, despite his talent for getting through even the thickest of skins in the NHL, Marchand himself is not immune to the barbs that come his way.

On Saturday, the Bruins were honoring the Lunch Pail Athletic Club era of their franchise, an era that spanned from 1977 to 1985 and is considered to be among the toughest groups of players ever assembled in NHL history. In fact 4 of the Bruins honored on Saturday night are among the Bruins' top 5 penalty minute leaders of all time.

It is an era of the Bruins history that I personally do not believe Marchand would have thrived in, but he was asked how he would have felt playing in that era nonetheless prior to Saturday's ceremony. Marchand, to his credit, admitted that he lacked the kind of toughness that was required in that era, but did admit that there was one aspect he would have enjoyed in particular.

"Nope. I wouldn't be around very long. ... You had to be a different type of tough to play in that era," admitted Marchand.

"Although it would have been fun to be allowed to go up and fight the fans."

There are no doubt countless NHL fans who would love, or at least think they would love, to get their hands on Brad Marchand but it sounds like the Bruins agitator would be more than prepared to return the favor.