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Brad Marsh

Born:Mar 31, 1958Draft: 1978 Flames, 11th Overall
Hometown:London, OntarioPosition:Defense
Known For:U20 WJC Silver MedalShoots:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Brad Marsh (born March 31, 1958) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators during the 1992-93 season. Drafted 11th overall in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Flames, Marsh was coming off an exceptional draft year which saw him record 63 points (8 goals, 55 assists) in 62 games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League and following it up with a silver medal at the 1978 U20 World Junior Championship. The third defenseman drafted in his class, he stepped into the NHL for the 1978-79 season, finishing the season in seventh place for Calder Trophy voting, and he remained with the Flames organization for four years, serving as their captain for the first two seasons of their relocation to Calgary. He was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1981 for centre Mel Bridgman.

In six seasons with the Flyers, Marsh’s aggressive style of play was a perfect fit for the Broad Street Bullies. He set career highs in assists (22) and points (24) in 1982, 124 penalty minutes in 1987, and a whopping plus-42 in 1985. He aided the Flyers in their quest for a Stanley Cup in 1987, falling just short of the goal in a game-seven Stanley Cup Final loss against Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers. After serving as an alternate captain for the final three seasons in Philadelphia, Marsh was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Marsh played in parts of three seasons with the Maple Leafs while serving as an alternate captain for two of them, and in 1991 he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for an 8th-round pick in the 1991 draft. One year later, Toronto re-acquired Marsh for future considerations, only to flip him one month later to the Senators for future considerations. He registered three assists in 59 games in Ottawa as an alternate captain, in what would be his final season in the NHL. He retired from hockey at the conclusion of the 1992-93 season and is known as the last player to not wear a helmet during league play.

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Achievements

  • U20 WJC Silver Medal (1977)
  • OMJHL Most Outstanding Defenseman (Max Kaminsky Trophy) (1978)
  • U20 WJC Bronze Medal (1978)

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