Marc Savard was born July 17, 1977 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and began playing for the Oshawa Generals in the 1993-94 season.
In his second season with the Generals, Savard scored a league-leading 139 points. That season he was selected 91st overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. He would go on to play in the OHL for two more seasons after that. In the 1996-97 season, the centre earned his second Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as league leading scorer, with 130 points. Scoring an additional 27 points that year in 15 playoff games. Savard aided in guiding the Generals to the 1997 J.Ross Robertson Cup, and also an appearance in the 1997 Memorial Cup.
During the 1997-98 season Marc Savard was assigned by the Rangers to their AHL affiliate team, the Hartford Wolfpack. During his rookie professional career with Hartford, he scored 74 points and was also called up to play 28 times for the Rangers. Next season the Rangers offered him an expanded role, and with it he recorded a total of 45 points in 70 games.
Shortly after the end of the 1999 season Savard was traded to the Calgary Flames. Where he continued to improve and grow as a professional hockey player. In the 2000-01 season with the Flames, he finished second in team scoring to Jarome Iginla with 65 points.
After playing four seasons with the Flames, Marc Savard was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in 2002. In Atlanta Savard played with Dany Heatley and IIya Kovakchuk. During the 2003-2004 season Savard became a point per game player, recording 52 points in just 45 games, during an injury shortened season. The 2004-05 season saw the NHL lock-out, in which Savard played in the Swiss league until NHL play resumed the following season. Emerging in the returning season as top talent in the NHL with a career-high 97 points, and ninth overall in the league.
On July 1st, 2006 Marc Savard signed a four-year, contract with the Boston Bruins. Savard continued being a point per game player and led the Bruins in scoring in his first season in Boston. He contributed 74 assists and 96 points in his first season wearing the Boston jersey. In 2008, Savard was named to his first NHL All-Star Game and also made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut. Savard returned to the playoffs in 2009 and led the Bruins in scoring with 88 points in 82 games and added 13 points in 11 post-season games.
Savard’s career began being compromised with his first major injury of his career during the 2009-10 season. He was placed on long time injury reserve in October of 2009. In January of 2010 after healing and returning to the ice, Savard suffered a right knee injury and was once again placed on injury reserve with a minor MCL tear.
In March of 2010 Savard suffered a Grade 2 concussion after taking a hit. The hit and it’s aftermath were part of the key evidence that caused the NHL to institute a new rule that more heavily penalized blindside hits. In January of 2011, Marc Savard suffered a second concussion. The next month the Bruins opted to have Savard sit out the season after receiving his second concussion in ten months. That year the Bruins went on to win the Stanley Cup, defeating the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.
Due to his post concussion symptoms, Savard was not able to take part in the on-ice celebrations in Vancouver with his teammates. But back in Boston he joined them for the official victory parade. Despite not having played in the required number of games for his name to be automatically included on the Stanley Cup engraving, Marc Savard’s name was included after the Bruin’s petitioned to the NHL to put on the Cup.
During the summer following the victory, Marc Savard announced that he was still suffering the effects of his injuries. On August 31, 2011 it was announced that Savard would not play during the 2011-12 season. Marc Savard has not played since his concussion in March of 2010.
Marc Savard was a point per game player, in his junior and professional career. He was a leading scorer in the OHL and a top scorer in the NHL. On October 2nd, 2016 in front of thousands of fans, the Oshawa Generals retired number, 27 in his honour.