NHL training camps don't begin for another month, but that isn't stopping Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand and some of his Nova Scotian hockey brethren from doing some offseason training, albeit of the unconventional variety.
Andrew Bodnarchuk (a defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings' AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs), Alex Grant (a blueliner for the Ottawa Senators' AHL affiliate in Binghamton) and others joined Marchand for a game of rugby on the Halifax Commons.
Marchand surprisingly holds back when baited by the others to rip the Montreal Canadiens, instead calling them, "small, skilled" and "speedy" while comparing them to his rugby squad.
The Commons are centrally located in Halifax, which makes you wonder how an NHLer playing rugby in a public park didn't garner more attention.
Also, where were fellow Nova Scotian NHLers Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon, Alex Killorn, James Sheppard, Andrew MacDonald or Joey MacDonald?
There's an idea for a future charity game.
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Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Jerome Miron