Marshall, Willie
Centre  L. 5'10" 165 lbs.
12/1/1931 Kirkland Lake, Ontario


Center, Willie Marshall, was a talented playmaker who spent parts of four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 50s. Apart from his brief NHL tenure, he was a dangerous sniper as an amateur and the greatest scorer in the history of the American Hockey League.

Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Marshall played junior in Toronto with the St. Michaels Majors and the Toronto Maple Leafs. After scoring 50 goals for the Charlottetown Islanders of the MMHL in 1951-52, he played two NHL games for the Maple Leafs the next season. More significantly, he made his AHL debut by scoring 27 times for the Pittsburgh Hornets. Through the 1958-59 season, Marshall was recalled a few times by Toronto, but continued to torment AHL netminders.

During nearly two decades in the AHL, Marshall topped the 20-goal mark 15 times and was the league's top point getter as a member of the Hershey Bears in 1958. He was named to the AHL first all-star team twice, the second unit once and played on four Calder Cup champions. Oddly enough, he only played ten games with the AHL's Rochester Americans during his final pro season in 1971-72. He spent the bulk of his time that year in the IHL with the Toledo Hornets. Still, he left the AHL as the all time leader in games played (1,205), goals (523), assists (852) and points (1,375).

In February 2004, the American Hockey League honoured Marshall with the creation of the Willie Marshall Award, to be presented annually to the AHL's top goal scorer in the regular season.

Player Notes
AHL First All-Star Team (1956, 1958); Won John B. Sollenberger Trophy (Top Scorer - AHL) (1958); AHL Second All-Star Team (1962). Traded to Detroit (Hershey-AHL) by Toronto (Pittsburgh-AHL) with Gilles Mayer, Jack Price, Bob Hassard, Bob Solinger and Ray Gariepy for cash, July 7th, 1956. Traded to Toronto by Hershey (AHL) for Mike Nykoluk, Ron Hurst and the loan of Wally Boyer for the 1958-59 and 1959-60 seasons, April 29th, 1958. Loaned to Detroit (Hershey-AHL) by Toronto with cash for Gerry Ehman, December 23rd, 1958. Traded to Boston (Providence-AHL) by Hershey (AHL) for Dan Poliziani, June, 1963. Traded to Baltimore (AHL) by Providence with Aldo Guidolin, Ian Anderson and Jim Bartlett for Ken Stephanson, Ed Lawson and Mike Corbett, June, 1966. Signed as a free agent by Toledo (IHL) following release by Rochester (AHL), October 15th, 1971. Traded to Rochester (AHL) by Toledo (IHL) for cash, March 1st, 1972. Served as General Manager of Buffalo Norsemen (NAHL) and returned to active duty as an injury replacement, February, 1976.