The Los Angeles Kings mourn the loss of former Kings draft pick Nathan Marsters, who died in an automobile accident outside of Smithville, Ontario on Monday night, according to reports filed by The Hamilton Spectator.
RPI Athletic Site | Obituary
According to the report, Marsters was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident after a deer crashed through the windshield of his truck on Regional Road 20, just west of Smithville. The deer had been struck by a car heading eastbound and continued across the highway crashing into Marsters' westbound vehicle.
Marsters, the Kings fifth round pick, No. 165 overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, was selected by Los Angeles out of the British Columbia Hockey League after posting a 4-2-0 mark with a 4.58 GAA in 15 games played with the Chilliwack Chiefs.
After being drafted, Marsters enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and played four years at RPI from 2000-04 posting a 57-50-6 mark with the Engineers, with a 2.55 GAA, a .917 SV% and 10 shutouts. His best season came in 2003-04, when he recorded a 21-13-1 mark with a 2.15 GAA and a.922 SV%.
Marsters turned pro in 2004-05 playing with the ECHL's Louisiana Ice Gators, posting an 18-30-4 mark with a 3.51 GAA and a .901 SV%. For his career, Marsters finished with a 25-12-2 mark with a .896 SV% and a 3.13 GAA in 42 games in the AHL while playing for the Portland Pirates and a 31-42-10 record with a 3.65 GAA and a .895 SV% in 91 games in the ECHL with Louisiana, Augusta Lynx and Wheeling Nailers.
Marsters never appeared in an NHL game and last played in professional hockey in 2007-08 splitting time between the Nailers and the Krefeld Penguins of DEL.
Marsters was just 29 years old and is survived by his wife Olivia.