A tough guy and his trucks

At 35, Marchment figures he can play for several more years. His post-NHL career, though, will include working at his Line-X franchise.

The Toronto Star
August 3, 2004

A tough guy and his trucks
If NHL arenas are dark next season, Leaf defenceman Bryan Marchment will still be a busy man. If your pickup’s bed liner is looking a bit worn, NHLer has product for you.
Mark Zwolinski

Bryan Marchment has a spray gun in his hands, but don't get the wrong idea. The Maple Leaf defenceman hasn't become a graffiti artist in the off-season.

He's learning how to apply a flexible polyurethane coating called Line-X to truck bed liners to protect them against rust, abrasion and heavy impacts.

"I've never seen anything like this stuff," Marchment said inside his new business, 2M Coatings Inc. on McNicoll Ave. in Scarborough.

Marchment is far from done with hockey, although the upcoming season remains a question mark because of the likelihood of a lockout.

But like many of his teammates, Marchment is already planning for a new career and a post-hockey income. That means spending summers doing more than hunting, fishing and working out.

Tie Domi, for instance, is in a suit every day as he attends board meetings and strategy sessions with lawyers and accountants. Domi is owner and CEO of TDG Advertising Inc., and a partner in Roma Moulding Ltd., which manufactures custom mouldings and artwork framing for commercial buildings. He also purchased a Chicago-based car parts company a year ago.

Goalie Eddie Belfour spends several weeks out of his summer overseeing his business, Carman Customs, a muscle car restoration shop near Freeland, Mich. And Gary Roberts is never far from Station 7, the fitness emporium he owns near SkyDome.

Other Leafs invest in business ventures. Darcy Tucker and Marchment are often seen wearing clothing from Kewl, a sports apparel company part-owned by Tucker and Shayne Corson. Both Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk invested in Wooden Sticks, a golf course near Uxbridge, known for copies of some of the world's most famous holes.

Mats Sundin invests in racehorses, including the 2003 O'Brien Award winner, Rotation. Owen Nolan owns a restaurant in San Jose.

At 35, Marchment figures he can play for several more years. His post-NHL career, though, will include working at his Line-X franchise.

"Obviously, my focus is hockey," Marchment said. "I started this business up with a goal in mind of having something to keep myself busy and interested after my career is over. But really, this is something I didn't want to miss out on. I noticed the possibilities with Line-X as soon as I first saw it. And it is advantageous for me now because I don't want to leave the Toronto area after my hockey career is done."

Two of Marchment's longtime acquaintances, Judy MacDonald and Bill Montgomery, currently handle the spraying. His father John and mother Jo-Anne handle the bookings and sales contracts for the shop, which is one of 10 registered spray-on bed-liner companies franchised in Ontario.

Red Deer, Alta., is the Canadian headquarters for the company, which has grown over the past 10 years since California-based Burtin Urethane Corp. developed the product more than 20 years ago.

Marchment first learned about the product when he was fixing up a 1977 Ram Charger two years ago.

"I gutted the old truck and restored it," said Marchment, who has since sprayed all his vehicles with the product, including his daily driver, a monster-sized pickup that takes up two parking spaces and draws ribbing from Leaf teammates.

"In my travels throughout North America I have come to realize that drop-in bed liners were becoming obsolete. Now I'm in Toronto and I thought, I've never heard of this stuff in Toronto. I did some investigating, and here we are."

Thanks in large part to the efforts of his parents Marchment's customers now include several large companies and numerous Toronto truck dealerships.

Marchment's company also coats audio speakers for a local manufacturer. And he's working with several others on potential industrial applications.

While he's proud of his son's business endeavour, Marchment's father also reminds him its key employees are working for free.

"I have two parents who are underpaid," Marchment said, laughing

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