May 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
NHL orders Bruins player Brad Marchand to stop licking opponents

Brad Marchand licks Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ryan Callahan (Screenshot via YouTube)

The NHL has ordered Bruins left wing Brad Marchand to cease licking his opponents.

The first tongue lashing occurred during a Bruins game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, where Marchand licked Leo Komarov’s neck.

In another game, Marchand used his tongue yet again to fight back against Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan.

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnson reports Callahan said of the incident, “I don’t know what the difference is between that and spitting in someone’s face.”

The NHL stepped in and told Marchand the licking had to end.

“NHL’s Colin Campbell spoke with Boston’s Brad Marchand and GM Don Sweeney today. The League put the player on notice that his actions last night are unacceptable and similar behavior in the future will be dealt with by way of supplemental discipline,” the league tweeted.

The NHL also reportedly warned other teams in the league that licking opponents will not be tolerated.

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