'In his heart he wants to go': Brad Marchand's mother hopes NHL stars get to go to Olympics

'In his heart he wants to go': Brad Marchand's mother hopes NHL stars get to go to Olympics

Brad Marchand has won gold with Team Canada at the World Juniors,the World Cup of Hockey and he won the Stanley Cup in 2011. But he's still yearning to win the ultimate: Olympic gold.

"This is the last icon in hockey that he would dream of," said his mom, Lynn Marchand. "I know in his heart he wants to go, and in his heart he's still hoping that he will get the opportunity to go," she said.

Phenomenal year

The chance may have vanished with the NHL announcing on Monday that it's taking a pass on the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This as Brad Marchand, the Hammonds Plains, N.S. native who turns 29 next month, is racking up a phenomenal year. 

The Boston Bruins forward is third in league scoring in a season set up after shining at the World Cup of Hockey for Team Canada. He scored the game-winner, a short-handed goal with less than a minute left on the clock in the final against Team Europe.

It'll be a 'huge disappointment'

He would be considered a favourite to make the team headed to Pyeongchang, his mother said. "This would be probably his one and only chance to go the Olympics. Five more years from now a lot of youngsters will be coming up the line and who knows how things may change."

Lynn Marchand said her family is keeping their fingers crossed that the NHL announcement is a negotiating tactic that will change. If it doesn't, she said it'll be "a huge disappointment for Brad and for the family."

'His closest opportunity'

Brad Marchand called his mom at lunchtime on Tuesday, but she didn't bring up the frustrating topic. She didn't want to distract him as the Bruins were looking to clinch their playoff spot that evening. The Bruins secured their spot with a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Some of the game's best are voicing their frustrations — and their resolve to go. Alex Ovechkin, the Russian superstar and Washington Capitals captain, has said he's going to the Olympics. 

Lynn Marchand said "Brad would certainly not be the one to say I'm going regardless," but would likely take a wait-and-see approach to how other Team Canada members acted.

To be sure, mother and son will be talking about his Olympic dream and her hopes for him as he enjoys a banner year.

"Right now this is his closest opportunity to make it there," she said.