Terry (Cowboy) Marshall
Born: April 20, 1950 (Brandon, Manitoba)
Died: January 7, 2015 (Rapid City, Manitoba)
Terry Marshall spent five bruising seasons in the goon show of minor pro hockey in the early 1970s.
One of his fighting rivals was Johnstown Jets tough guy Ned Dowd, whose sister, Nancy, wrote a screenplay about life playing hockey in the Rust Belt. Dowd invited Marshall to be an extra in the movie. He earned $1,800 in six days of filming “Slap Shot” in which he can be seen briefly holding a door open for Paul Newman.
The boozy set was a raucous place and one filmed scrimmage wound up in an actual donnybrook. The movie’s star couldn’t believe what he was seeing. “He’d just sit there and shake his head, and say, ‘I can’t believe you guys,’ ” Marshall told Bill Redekop of the Winnipeg Free Press in 2005.
Born in Brandon and raised in Virden, Man., Marshall played four seasons of junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The 6-foot, 190-pound defenceman was selected in the seventh round (No. 92 overall) of the NHL draft by the St. Louis Blues.
He wound up playing for the minor league Charlotte Checkers, Jersey Devils, Long Island Ducks and Syracuse Blazers, a team which he told the Free Press consisted of “two goal scorers and 15 protectors.”
After retiring as a player, Marshall returned to Manitoba, where he operated a horse ranch near Rapid City. He operated horse-drawn wagon and sleigh rides in Brandon and was a well-known cowboy and horseman who also worked as a cattle inspector for the Saskatchewan government.
Marshall was a regular on the rodeo circuit in three provinces, winning numerous prizes, including the Manitoba Rodeo Cowboy Association’s pick-up man of the year award in 1995 and the Heartland Rodeo Association’s cowboy of the year in 2014.
Terry Marshall (back row, third from left) played in parts of two seasons with the Jersey Devils of the Eastern Hockey League.