If Brad Marchand has any ill will toward the Halifax Mooseheads for being benched in the final game of his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League career, he’s not saying it publicly.

The Hammonds Plains native looked on from the stands last Thursday as the Gatineau Olympiques swept his team from the QMJHL playoffs with relative ease.

He said it was a coaches’ decision and he understood why bench boss Cam Russell made the move.

“They thought it would be best for the team if I didn’t play,” the 19-year-old forward said. “I wasn’t helping the team out, I wasn’t playing the way I should have been, and I was bringing the team down. Maybe they wanted to get a spark. Unfortunately, it didn’t work, but that’s part of the game.”

He admitted he was disappointed.

“I’m not a guy that quits and I was never going to quit,” the Boston Bruins draft pick said. “I believed we could come back in that series. I believed we had an opportunity to win (Game 4) and those are the games I play best in, those dying games.”

When asked how he’ll look back on his time with the Mooseheads, Marchand said: “I loved every second of it.”

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