Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Willie Marshall
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. Michael's 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 its all time leader in games played (1,205), goals (523), assists (852) and points (1,375).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1948-49 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 32 13 18 31 14
1949-50 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 48 39 27 66 32 5 6 1 7 10
1950-51 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 43 29 30 59 20
1950-51 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 4 4 3 7 2
1950-51 St. Michael's Monarchs OMHL 2 1 1 2 0 6 1 1 2 2
1951-52 Charlottetown Islanders MMHL 84 50 44 94 89 4 0 2 2 0
1952-53 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1952-53 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 62 27 39 66 58 10 1 8 9 13
1953-54 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 61 28 45 73 41 5 1 4 5 2
1954-55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 16 1 4 5 0
1954-55 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 46 23 25 48 37 10 9 7 16 6
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 0 0 0 0
1955-56 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 58 45 52 97 47 4 2 1 3 0
1956-57 Hershey Bears AHL 64 35 59 94 18 7 3 7 10 4
1957-58 Hershey Bears AHL 68 40 64 104 56 11 10 9 19 6
1958-59 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 0 1 1 2
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 19 7 16 23 6
1958-59 Hershey Bears AHL 37 22 16 38 4 9 5 2 7 0
1959-60 Hershey Bears AHL 72 38 40 78 99
1960-61 Hershey Bears AHL 56 25 44 69 36 7 3 5 8 2
1961-62 Hershey Bears AHL 70 30 65 95 24 7 0 6 6 0
1962-63 Hershey Bears AHL 72 36 56 92 12 15 3 7 10 10
1963-64 Providence Reds AHL 72 33 50 83 18 3 2 3 5 0
1964-65 Providence Reds AHL 69 12 44 56 12
1965-66 Providence Reds AHL 70 13 27 40 8
1966-67 Baltimore Clippers AHL 68 33 56 89 22 9 6 7 13 0
1967-68 Baltimore Clippers AHL 51 24 41 65 2
1968-69 Baltimore Clippers AHL 74 26 52 78 18 4 1 2 3 0
1969-70 Baltimore Clippers AHL 42 9 19 28 0 5 2 2 4 0
1970-71 Baltimore Clippers AHL 64 15 40 55 0 6 0 1 1 0
1971-72 Toledo Hornets IHL 46 15 32 47 89
1971-72 Rochester Americans AHL 10 2 2 4 2
1972/75
1975-76 Buffalo Norsemen NAPro
1975-76 Buffalo Norsemen NAPro 1 0 0 0 9
NHL Totals 33 1 5 6 2


AHL First All-Star Team (1956, 1958)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading 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 7, 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 29, 1958. Loaned to Detroit (Hershey-AHL) by Toronto with cash for Gerry Ehman, December 23, 1958. Traded to Boston (Providence-AHL) by Hershey (AHL) for Dan Poliziani, June, 1963. Traded to Baltimore (AHL) by Providence (AHL) 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 15, 1971. Traded to Rochester (AHL) by Toledo (IHL) for cash, March 1, 1972.
Served as General Manager of Buffalo Norsemen (NAHL) and returned to active duty as an injury replacement, February, 1976.