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Athlete of the Week: Marchin ’19 dazzles in Emerald Isle

First-year accrues ECAC monthly honors after hat trick, six-point weekend in Northern Ireland

By
Staff Writer
Friday, December 4, 2015

After starting the season with three consecutive losses, the men’s hockey team has settled into a groove, with a stable 2-1-3 record in its last six games. Last week, the team travelled to Northern Ireland to participate in Belfast’s first major college ice hockey tournament, dubbed the “Friendship Four.” The team prevailed over Colgate in its opening game and nearly captured the title over No. 5 UMass Lowell before falling in a shootout.

In the two Ireland games, Bruno scored a blistering 10 goals, and at the heart of many of them was Tommy Marchin ’19. The first-year from Algonac, Michigan was outstanding during the tournament, amassing four goals and two assists — including his first career hat trick in the second period of the team’s game against Colgate. This brought his season totals to six goals and six assists, making him the sixth-highest scoring player in the league.

As a result of his performance, he was named both the Player of the Tournament and the ECAC Rookie of the Month. Due to his spectacular performance on the ice, Marchin has also been named The Herald’s Athlete of the Week.

Herald: When did you start playing hockey, and what got you into it?

Marchin: My dad played hockey when he was older, and I was maybe three when I started playing. I started rollerblading, and then I started on the ice when I was about four-and-a-half with my sister, who is a year older than I am.

How would you describe your experience playing with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and in the USHL?

My first year, I played for the Lincoln Stars. Then I got traded over the summer to the Lumberjacks, which were in the same state as my hometown. I had a really good year. I had a lot more confidence than I did the previous year. I modeled how I should be playing my game more like a big body power forward type of guy.

How would you compare it with your time at Brown?

Brown hockey is faster. You have to make decisions a lot quicker. The guys are a lot stronger, too. We play fewer games at Brown, so you can’t take any time off. For the Lumberjacks, we played 60 games in the season, and the playoffs were an extra 10 or 12. Here, we only play 29 league games.

What does it mean to you to receive such honors like Player of the Tournament at the Friendship Four and ECAC Rookie of the Month?

It’s really cool to be able to come to a school and make an impact quickly. I was able to transition quickly to start helping the team.

What is your evaluation of this season so far?

When we started off playing preseason, we were a little scrambled. Then when we started connecting more, we were practicing better and playing better in a lot of games but not getting the outcomes we wanted. Hopefully, we’ll continue playing like that and the outcomes will come, and we’ll start scoring more and bearing down in the defensive zone.

If you could play another sport, what would it be?

Definitely lacrosse. I played lacrosse in high school for a year. I would’ve played more, but I had to commit too much time to hockey, so I had to give up.

Do you have any pregame rituals or types of music you listen to?

I always try napping for at least an hour. I listen to music going to the rink, but when I get to the rink, I don’t anymore. I listen to some EDM and some rap.

— This interview has been edited for clarity and length.