"I have so many great memories of when I was here," says Jason Marshall, who ranks second among defensemen on Anaheim's all-time games played list. "We are just very fortunate to be back."
Marshall, has appeared in 503 career NHL games, earning 16-47=63 points with 970 penalty minutes. He has played 347 of those games as a Mighty Duck. And now, he is back with the team he first joined during the 1994-1995 season. Marshall was originally acquired by the Mighty Ducks from St. Louis on August 29th, 1994, in exchange for defenseman Bill Houlder.
Earning a full time role with the Mighty Ducks during the 1996-97 season, Jason had remained with the team until a trade to Washington late in the 2000-2001 season.
Marshall's top memories include the Mighty Ducks first trip to the playoffs following the 96-97 regular season.
"I remember the fans waving the towels," said Marshall. "It was an incredible experience. It was the first time I had been to the Stanley Cup playoffs."
After the trade to the Capitals, Marshall went on to play for Minnesota and San Jose.
"All the experiences have been really good," added Marshall, born in Cranbrook, British Columbia. "My family and I have seen different parts of the country. We went to Minnesota which is a great hockey state. We met a lot of great people. In San Jose, we went to the playoffs a couple of times and that’s always good."
Marshall played eleven games for HC Lasselberger of the Czech League during last season's lockout.
"At the end of January, I had an opportunity to go to the Czech League and finish up the season there," said Marshall. "The people were really nice to me. I played in Pavel Trnka's hometown, so I knew him from playing with the Ducks. He helped me out a lot with everything and making me feel comfortable. It was fun."
"Everything's different over there," says Marshall. "The fans are amazing. We'd get nine thousand people singing and standing up, chanting the whole game. It was a great experience to see something different. A different country and culture."
Marshall, who has appeared in each of the last two Western Conference Finals series, has these thoughts on some of the new rules being introduced in the NHL for this season. He thinks the removing of the red line might open up the game a little bit.
"I don't know how much that one will make a difference as far as scoring is concerned," added Marshall. "But I think it might allow some of the players to skate with the puck a little more. It will definitely spread the players out on the ice."
As far as the goaltenders being restricted to an area behind the net to playing the puck, how will that affect a defenseman's play?
"Obviously, you are going to have to be a little smarter going back," mentioned Marshall. "It's a great help when the goalie can come out and play the puck. Because when the puck is going around the boards and bouncing, it makes it difficult to get it off the boards and make a play."
As a forward, Marshall thinks the new crack down on obstruction will let those players get a full head of steam up and run over the defensemen. "As a defenseman, you will have to be smarter and get back quicker, and keep your head up," says Marshall. "I guess, don't put yourself in a vulnerable position."
During the regular season, a shootout will take place if a game is tied after sixty minutes and a five-minute overtime period. There won't be any more ties in hockey. "The game has changed so much now, that I think the shootout will be fine," mentioned Marshall.
Jason is excited about the upcoming Ducks season in Anaheim.
"The new ownership is big," says Marshall. "They wanted to keep the team in Anaheim and want to be heavily involved in the community. That is really important to the fans and, as a player, you want to play for an organization like that. They did a great job getting Brian Burke. He has done some great things in hockey. By signing Scott Niedermayer, I don't think you could have gotten a better player in the NHL than him. I've know him for a long time and he's won every single trophy you can ever win, I think. His experience and talents will be a big part of this team."
Brian Burke, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Mighty Ducks says that Jason Marshall is a tough player and very difficult to play against.
"He's had success in the playoff with Minnesota," said Burke. "He is familiar with Orange County as he lives in the area during the off-season. He has leadership skills and he's versatile. He can play forward if we need him to. He's a gritty, hard-nosed player. And I think he'll do good things for us."