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Brad Marsh
Born: March 31, 1958
Discipline: Hockey
Years Active: 1978-1993
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One of the most popular London Knights of all time. In fact, he was named to the Knights All-Time team.
He’s Brad Marsh, a product of the Southwest minor system who parlayed a dogged attitude with effective play into a 15-year career as a National Hockey League defenceman.
His number 22 was retired and a banner hangs from the rafters at the John Labatt Centre in tribute to his Ontario Junior A career when he and partner Rob Ramage anchored the Knights defence from 1974 through 1978 at the old London Gardens, under the coaching of the late Bill Long. Twice he was named an OHA all-star and was the 1978 co-winner of the Max Kaminsky Trophy with Ramage as the most outstanding defenceman in the league.
He also played for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships winning a silver medal in 1977 and a bronze in 1987.
Brad was the Atlanta Flames’ first choice in the 1978 amateur draft, taken 11th overall. Then he was claimed by the Flames as a fill-in in the 1979 Expansion Draft before the Atlanta franchise was relocated to Calgary. Then came stops in Philadelphia, Toronto, Detroit and finally in Ottawa.
All told, he played 1,086 regular season games, scored 23 goals, collected 175 assists with 1,241 minutes in penalties. In 97 playoff games, he scored six goals and had 18 assists with 124 penalty minutes.
Brad set a single-season mark, which was a record at the time, by playing 83 regular-season games in an 80-game schedule. This happened in 1982-83 when he played 17 games with Calgary and then was traded to Philadelphia where he toiled for 66 more. He was the Flames captain from October 1980 through November 1981.
It was at Calgary where he enhanced a reputation as a most durable player when he played 257 consecutive games with the Flames. Brad was on the losing end of two Stanley Cup finals with Philly once in 1985 and again in 1987. In 1984-85 the Philadelphia fans voted him the most popular player and the media made him the winner of the Class Guy Award.
He played on the Senators expansion team in 1992-93 before joining the front office as director of community development, a position he held through 1997-98.
Brad and his wife Patty along with their four children made Ottawa their home where he owns and operates two popular Marshy’s BBQ and Grill restaurants, one in Scotiabank Place where the Senators play and the other at Centrepointe in Nepean.
Born in London on March 13, 1958, Brad attended Westminster Secondary School where he also played lacrosse. He worked as an instructor at a hockey camp in London during the off-seasons of his playing days. He helped organize the first annual Brad Marsh CNIB celebrity charity golf tournament in London in 2000.
Brad coached both boy’s and girl’s minor hockey in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata and was active in the Senators Alumni Club playing on the alumni charity hockey team.
The London Sports Hall of Fame is proud to welcome home Brad Marsh as the 2007 inductee in the athlete modern category.