1-on-1: From defenseman to director, a look at Brad Marsh's hockey career

1-On-1 with Matt Leon
November 15, 2019 - 4:00 am
Brad Marsh in an interview with KYW Newsradio.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Brad Marsh enjoyed a long, successful career as a defenseman in the NHL. He spent seven seasons with the Flyers and now serves as the organizations' director of Community Development. 

Marsh was drafted in the first round by the then Atlanta (now Calgary) Flames in 1978. He made his NHL debut that year for the Flames as a 21-year-old blueliner at Chicago Stadium against the Blackhawks.

"Bobby Orr was playing with the Chicago Blackhawks, because he had a big fight with the Bruins, he signed and he played like 10 to 15 games with the Blackhawks, but his knees were shot. My first game was against the Blackhawks and Booby Orr, one of the few games, so that was really cool for me. I actually ended up in the corner with him, fighting for the puck. So it was cool. We tied 4-4."

Marsh was a key member of the Flyers from 1981 to 1988. He also played with the Maple Leafs, the Red Wings and the Senators during his 15-year career.

In addition to his role as Community Development director, Marsh also serves as the president of the Flyers alumni and the coach of the Flyers Warriors, a hockey team made up of disabled veterans. 

"We had a phone call from Rick Stabeno, who is a Flyers hockey fan and he called the Flyers office and said, 'I'm a Flyers fan, I'm a hockey guy, I want to start a hockey team for vets. Can you help me?' And it was a simple phone call," Marsh said, explaining how the Warriors were born.

Marsh says the team has grown at lightning speed.

"We're on the ice once a week at Skate Zone in Pennsauken and the turnout has been incredible. In less than a year, we have one solid team, we're ready to grow into two teams, probably three teams in the next month. It's just been wonderful."

The Flyers Warriors recently won the USA Hockey Warrior Classic.

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