Brad Marchand signs 8 year, $49M contract with Bruins

BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand agreed to a significant contract extension.

The contract is for $49 million over eight years, through the 2024-25 season.

“This is an extremely exciting day for me and my family,” said Marchand. “I would like to thank the Jacobs family, Cam Neely, Don Sweeney, Claude Julien, the coaching staff, my teammates and our fans for their continued support and belief in me. I have been a Bruin since the start of my pro career and there is no place I would rather play. I look forward to doing everything I can to help our team achieve success and bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston.”

Machand, 28, completed his seventh NHL season with the Bruins in the 2015-16 season, establishing career-highs in goals and points.

In 2014-15, the 5-foot-9, 181-pound forward skated in 77 games, posting 24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points with 95 penalty minutes.

Marchand began his professional career with the Providence Bruins in 2008-09.

Marchand is currently representing Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, where he is tied for the most goals (3) and has the second-most points (5) of any skater in the tournament, as Canada has advanced to the WCH Final Series.

The Bruins first preseason game is Monday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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