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Born December 1, 1931 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5'10" Weight: 150 lbs
Willie Marshall, the most prolific scorer in the American Hockey over his 20-year career, was inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame in 2006.
Willie, a model of consistency, joined the Reds in 1963 for three seasons, scoring 53 goals and 179 points over the span. He topped the 20-goal mark in each of his first 12 years in the American Hockey League.
Nicknamed “The Whip”, Marshall made his AHL debut with the Pittsburgh Hornets in 1952-53, leading them to the Calder Cup finals. It would be the first of 13 seasons in which Marshall would lead his AHL team in scoring. In 1955-56, he saw action in 16 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
With the Hershey Bears in 1957-58, Marshall won his first and only league scoring title, registering 104 points as the Bears captured the Calder Cup. A year later he won yet another Cup with Hershey, his third in five years.
The 1971-72 season, his record-tying 20th in the AHL, was his last. He retired as the league’s all-time leader in games played (1,205), goals (523), assists (852) and points (1,375), as well as hat tricks (25) and Calder Cup Playoff assists (71) and points (119).
In 2004, the American Hockey League honored Marshall at the All-Star Classic in Grand Rapids and unveiled the Willie Marshall Award, which is now presented annually to the AHL player who scores the most goals each season.