Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Marshall
Like so many athletically-minded lads, Don Marshall devoted parts of his entire year to playing football, baseball, and hockey. But within the culture of his native Verdun, hockey was clearly the sport of choice for most and Marshall, with his natural, fluid skating style, was no exception.

During his junior days with the Montreal Jr. Canadiens of the QJHL, he performed as an offensively-minded forward with a nose for the opponent's net. When he turned pro in 1952, he kept up the same tradition in the minors while skating for the Cincinnati Mohawks of the IHL, the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL, and the Montreal Royals of the QHL.

Midway into the 1954-55 campaign, the Canadiens summoned him to join their ranks. The problem the winger faced, however, was that the Habs were already thoroughly stocked with offensively skilled forwards. As such, Marshall's new role would be defensive in nature, an assignment he disliked although he never complained openly.

Instead, he toiled quietly, polishing his defensive tactics to the extent that he became one of the league's premier penalty killers. As payment for his adaptation, he enjoyed a record five-straight Stanley Cup victories between 1956 and 1960.

By 1963, however, the Canadiens had lost their championship touch. In an effort to shake things up, they packaged Marshall with Jacques Plante and Phil Goyette to acquire Gump Worsley among others from the New York Rangers.

In the Big Apple, Marshall initially felt out of place but quickly began to appreciate his new opportunity to assume a more offensive role with the club. In the process, it was evident that, thanks to the strong defensive skills he had developed in Montreal, he was an excellent two-way player.

In all, Marshall put in seven seasons with the Blueshirts and enjoyed his most prolific offensive phase. In 1965-66, he netted a personal-best 26 goals and 28 assists within the context of some very solid defensive play.

At the start of his third decade in the NHL, Marshall was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres in the Expansion Draft of 1970. His new role with the fledgling club was to provide some veteran leadership for the younger recruits. He did all of that and then some. Although the team struggled defensively, he managed to pot goals as though still in his prime.

In spite of his contribution, the aging winger was left up for grabs in the Intra-League Draft of 1971. The Leafs took advantage by bringing him to the Gardens for one final season. During his last run, he performed as a steady, reliable veteran who had the versatility to plug holes and provide a calming influence on the sometimes rattled atmosphere on Carleton St. At the close of the season, Marshall packed it in for good.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 35 8 7 15 10 16 1 4 5 4
1949-50 Montreal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 13 8 6 14 2
1950-51 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 37 19 32 51 6 9 5 8 13 0
1951-52 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 43 32 46 78 6 11 4 5 9 6
1951-52 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1951-52 Montreal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 8 6 5 11 8
1952-53 Cincinnati Mohawks IHL 60 46 51 97 24 9 5 5 10 0
1952-53 Montreal Royals QHL 2 0 0 0 2
1953-54 Buffalo Bisons AHL 70 39 55 94 8 3 1 4 5 0
1954-55 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 5 3 8 9 12 1 1 2 2
1954-55 Montreal Royals QHL 10 5 3 8 2
1955-56 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 4 1 5 10 10 1 0 1 0
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 12 8 20 6 10 1 3 4 2
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 22 19 41 14 10 0 2 2 4
1958-59 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 10 22 32 12 11 0 2 2 2
1959-60 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 16 22 38 4 8 2 2 4 0
1960-61 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 14 17 31 8 6 0 2 2 0
1961-62 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 18 28 46 12 6 0 1 1 2
1962-63 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 13 20 33 6 5 0 0 0 0
1963-64 New York Rangers NHL 70 11 12 23 8
1964-65 New York Rangers NHL 69 20 15 35 2
1965-66 New York Rangers NHL 69 26 28 54 6
1966-67 New York Rangers NHL 70 24 22 46 4 4 0 1 1 2
1967-68 New York Rangers NHL 70 19 30 49 2 +19 6 2 1 3 0
1968-69 New York Rangers NHL 74 20 19 39 12 +15 4 1 0 1 0
1969-70 New York Rangers NHL 57 9 15 24 6 +6 1 0 0 0 0
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 20 29 49 6 -13
1971-72 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 2 14 16 0 +2 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 1176 265 324 589 127 94 8 15 23 14


QJHL First All-Star Team (1952)
IHL First All-Star Team (1953)
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (IHL - MVP) (1953)
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (AHL - Rookie of the Year) (1954)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1967) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1968)
Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal with Jacques Plante and Phil Goyette for Dave Balon, Leon Rochefort, Len Ronson and Gump Worsley, June 4, 1963. Claimed by Buffalo from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Claimed by Toronto from Buffalo in Intra-League Draft, June 8, 1971.