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Wings Encounter: Meet Adam Marsh

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
Chicago native Adam Marsh, who was selected in the seventh round of last weekend's NHL draft by the Red Wings, is the son of former Blackhawks forward Peter Marsh. (Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.Adam Marsh waited through six rounds and heard 199 other names called before the Red Wings made the 6-foot forward the 200th player taken in last Saturday’s draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

“After about the third round I started to get ready,” Marsh said. “I ended up waiting until the seventh round. I didn’t sleep much the night before and waiting there the whole day was tiring. But when I got picked it was exciting for everyone.”

Marsh is among 44 prospects attending this week’s development camp at Centre Ice Arena in northern Michigan.

The son of a former NHL forward Peter Marsh, the plan for Adam is to return this fall to New Brunswick, Canada, where he will play his second season for the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Growing up in suburban Chicago, Marsh admits he knows more about the Blackhawks than the Red Wings, though he quite versed in the rivalry of the Original Six clubs.

“I just know that they have always had a good team ever since the late 90s, and pretty sure they’ve made the playoffs for 20-some years in a row,” he said. “I just always knew that them and the Hawks have always had a big rivalry too. So, I thought it was pretty cool being drafted by them.”

Now, let’s get to know more about this 18-year-old draftee:

ADAM MARSH

STATUS: Red Wings seventh-round pick in last month’s NHL draft. Left wing for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

DOB: August 22, 1997, in Chicago, Ill.

FIRST HOCKEY MEMORY: “Probably losing in the NIHL (Northern Illinois Hockey League) state championship in mite double-A. It was in Chicago, I can’t remember the arena, but I remember we lost. In overtime I got a tripping penalty and they scored and we lost 1-nothing to a team that we beat all year.”

HOCKEY HEROES: “Probably my dad (Peter Marsh), I mean, he played in the NHL, so I knew that from a young age and I always thought that was pretty cool.”

LAST BOOK READ: “Catcher in the Rye” (a novel by J.D. Salinger).

CURRENT CAR: “A 2007, red Lincoln MKZ.”

FIRST JOB: “I haven’t had a job yet. This doesn’t count.”

GREATEST SPORTS MOMENT: “Probably going to Sweden to play in a hockey tournament there. I billeted for a week with someone. That was five or six years ago and I still talk to Axel Wolfredson, the guy I stayed with.”

MOST PAINFUL MOMENT: “Sprained my ankle this year, in March.”

FAVORITE UNIFORMS: “Red Wings, I guess.”

FAVORITE ARENA: “The United Center. It’s a great place. The anthem is the loudest it gets.”

CLOSEST HOCKEY FRIENDS: “I have a buddy, Vas Kolias. He plays for the Youngstown Phantoms right now in the USHL. He’s going to Boston University next year, I think.”

FUNNIEST HOCKEY PERSON KNOWN: “Vas (Kolias) probably. He’s hilarious. He’s always fun to be around in the locker room, and he’s always got a show to put on.”

TOUGHEST COMPETITORS FACED: “Probably Sam Morin from Rimouski. He’s a big defenseman (6-foot-7, 225 pounds) that hits you with his stick as much as he can.”

MOST MEMORABLE GOAL: “Probably my first goal in the Q. My dad was there. I just came down the wing and I went short side. Then I ended up having two more goals that game too. It was at Halifax in our fourth game of the year. It might have been September 15.”

FUNNY HOCKEY MEMORY: “One time we were in Ontario in a summer tournament and a kid forgot his pant shell. So, he just wore his shorts and forgot to take his phone out of his pocket. During the game his phone fell on to the ice.”

FAVORITE PLAYERS TO WATCH: “Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews. Kane just has his flashy skill and can do some crazy things with the puck. Toews and Crosby because they’re probably the two most-competitive guys in the league and two guys that you can build a franchise around.”

FAVORITE SPORT OUTSIDE HOCKEY: “Soccer. I played it when I was younger, all the way until high school when hockey started to become too much. I had to stick with hockey.”

YOUR PERSONALITY QUALITIES: “Funny, easy going guy, who is pretty serious when it comes to hockey.”

FAVORITE HOCKEY MOVIE: “I’d have to say ‘Youngblood’ (1986).”

IF NOT A HOCKEY PLAYER, WHAT: “Going to a university, though I never really looked into it.”

HIDDEN TALENTS: “I’m a good fisherman. (Biggest?) I caught a cobia fish when I was in North Carolina. That was probably like 70 pounds. It was big. (Good eating?) I don’t really like to eat fish. That’s the weird thing. I really don’t like the way they taste, but I like to catch them.”

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME: “NHL.”

WHAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE: “I’m not sure. I really don’t have an addiction. I just have hobbies I guess, that I like to do. I like to hang out with my friends all of the time. I can say that I’m addicted to my bed. I like my bed.”

NICKNAME: “Marshy, a typical hockey one.”

PREFERRED JERSEY NUMBER: “12. (Why?) 17 was taken.”

OFF DAYS: “Relaxing. Sometimes I like going to the beach in downtown Chicago, or hanging out with friends and family.”

MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR PHONE: “I’d probably have to say either my dad or Jakub Zboril (Boston draftee) or Thomas Chabot (Ottawa draftee) from my team.”

GUILTY PLEASURES: “Mars bars and Rice Crispy squares.”

ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO DO/HAVE BEFORE EVERY GAME: “As much food as I can eat between one and three o’clock.”

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL: “Night person.”

IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE’S TEAMMATE, WHO: “Jonathan Toews because I think he’s the best player in the NHL, and he’s been around for a while.”

GO BACK IN TIME MOMENT: “Watching Bobby Orr score the game-winning goal against St. Louis.”

WHAT SCARES YOU: “Heights, planes. (No Sears Tower for you?) No. I was actually up there once but I didn’t go out onto the ledge or anything. But I was up there and I didn’t like it.”

MOST EMBARRASSING CHILDHOOD MOMENT: “Maybe the one time there was this little bump out by my driveway. Me and my friends would ride our bikes and try to jump off of it. One time I told them that I was going to go all the way down the street and come in really hot. I came in really fast and fell pretty hard right in front of half the neighborhood.”

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