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Todd Marchant

Todd Marchant spent 17 season in the National Hockey League - 9 in Edmonton and 6 in Anaheim, most notably. He actually started his career in New York but after just a single game was traded to Edmonton in exchange for veteran checker Craig MacTavish.

Speed was the key to his game. Marchant was as a quick a player as there was in the NHL in his day. Offensively he was known as a strong one on one player on the rush, using his speed to to the outside of a flat-footed defender then driving to the net. He never had the hand skills to be much of a goal scoring threat. Only once did he reach the 20 goal mark in a season, though his speed generated plenty of chances.

Defensively he is used his speed and his fearless tenacity to excel on the penalty kill, where he was a threat to score, and as a strong forechecker, where he often launched his small body into larger defensemen. His grittiness and effectiveness made him frustrating to play against. He quickly settled into the third line center's role, taking big faceoffs, killing key penalties and neutralizing the opponents top players.

When all was said and done Todd Marchant played in 1195 career NHL games, scoring 186 goals, 312 assists and 498 points with Edmonton, Columbus and Anaheim.

His career highlights?

"Certainly my first game against Chicago with the Rangers, scoring a Game 7 overtime-winner against Dallas when I was with Edmonton, winning the Stanley Cup in 2007 with Anaheim, playing in 1,000 NHL games - those are the kind of things that stand out for me as highlights of my career," he told AnaheimDucks.com.

As an Oiler, who can forget that goal against Dallas in 1997:



He also elaborated more on the Stanley Cup victory in 2007.

"What I will remember is my teammates and how much we had to sacrifice all year long. There were ups and downs. We had a great start, a mediocre middle and a great finish. Once we got in the playoffs, we were a different team. We just seemed to take the next step every round and every game as a group. I was sitting back after we won and thinking about how special it was for guys like Brad May, Sean O’Donnell, Teemu Selanne, Rob Niedermayer and me. We had been in the league for 13-14 years and never had a chance to win the Cup. I’ll never forget that."

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