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Hershey Bears Legend Willie Marshall Sadly Dies at 91


It’s with a broken heart and profound sadness Willie Marshall’s death died at the age of 92. He passed away at his home there on June 2, 2023.

Wilmott Charles “Willie” “The Whip” Marshall was born on December 1, 1931, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada. The Canadian ice hockey forward held the all-time record for most goals, most points, most hat tricks, most assists, and most games played in the American Hockey League, registered over a 20-season career.

Over the course of four seasons between 1953 and 1958, he played with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. The Willie Marshall Award, which is awarded to the AHL’s leading goal scorer, is named after him.

Hershey Bears Legend Willie Marshall Sadly Dies at 91

Marshall made his professional debut with the AHL’s Pittsburgh Hornets in 1952-1953, recording 66 points in 62 games. It would be the first of 13 seasons in which Willie would lead his AHL team in scoring.

The player was voted a First Team AHL All-Star twice, first in 1955-56 and second in 1957-58, when he won the AHL scoring title with a career-best 104 points in 68 games. Marshall was also selected as a Second Team All-Star in 1961-62.

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Amerks Mourn Willie Marshall’s Death

Hershey Bears legend Willie Marshall’s death cause has not been announced by his family yet. The club announced his death at age 91 Friday.

In 1955, Marshall won the Calder Cup with Pittsburgh, and with Hershey in 1958 and 1959. Willie joined the Providence Reds in 1963, then moved on to the Baltimore Clippers for five seasons (1966-71).

The player finished his career with the Rochester Americans in 1971-1972 and retired as the league’s all-time leader in games played (1,205), goals (523), assists (852), points (1,375), and hat tricks (25).

Hershey Bears Legend Willie Marshall Sadly Dies at 91

In 2004, the American Hockey League honored Willie Marshall by unveiling the Willie Marshall Award, which is presented annually to the American Hockey League player who scores the most goals each season.

In 2006, Marshall was one of seven members of the inaugural class of inductees into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame.

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