A Bryan Marchment tribute from the NHL Alumni Association.

The NHL world lost a notable figure this week, and one who was set to play a role in this year’s draft. San Jose Sharks‘ scout Bryan Marchment, who played in the NHL from 1989-2006 with nine different teams, was in Montreal for the draft, which begins Thursday night. But news came out Wednesday that Marchment had unexpectedly passed away:

That led to many notable tributes to Marchment from across the hockey world:

Marchment had been scouting for the Sharks since 2008. His son, Mason, 27, is a forward for the Florida Panthers. Bryan spoke to Colby Guy of Florida Hockey Now about his son earlier this year:

“Hockey aside, he always hated to lose in anything he did and he still does. That’s where he gets it from,” Bryan Marchment said. “Whether he is playing board games, lawn darts or cards, he hates to lose. So when he started playing, he had that gamesmanship down.”

As for the elder Marchment, Curtis Pashelka of San Jose newspaper The Mercury News collected some nice tributes to him Wednesday. Here are a couple of those:

Sharks goaltending coach Evgeni Nabokov, who was teammates with Marchment for three-plus seasons, said the two face-timed each other two days ago in advance of the team’s development camp next weekend.

“He was just a guy with a big heart. You had to know him to feel how much he cared about everybody,” Nabokov said. “I just saw him two days ago and we were talking about development camp, this and that. He always would finish his conversation with one thing. He would say, ‘I love you brother. See you later,’ you know? Now (he’s) gone.”

Fellow Sharks development coach Mike Ricci, who was also born in Scarborough, wrote via text, “He was a great man and teammate and friend and family man. The best. A guy you want in your foxhole.”

Marchment will certainly be missed by many in the sports world, and by many with the Sharks. Grier, who only was announced as their GM Tuesday, now faces the difficult challenge of guiding them through a draft without one of their long-time scouting figures.

[The Mercury News; image from the NHL Alumni Association on Twitter]

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