Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Father honours sons memory with travelling hockey jersey

On October 30, 2009, Sapper Steven Marshall, 24, from 11 Field Squadron, 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, based in Edmonton, was killed by an improvised device that detonated near his dismounted patrol.

On Saturday November 8th, Steven was honoured during a Calgary flames home game. The born and raised Calgarian was an avid fan, and loved to play the sport, he was heavily involved with minor hockey in the Calgary region and group up around the game.

Thousands stood for a moment of silence. At ice level veterans, soldiers and hockey players also paid homage to Marshall and to all Canadian forces members past and present.

Steven’s father Murray Marshal wanted to come up with a way to honour his son’s memory and decided to put his name on the back of Calgary Flames jersey, A Support our troops ribbon on the front as well as his Combat Engineers emblem.

Stevens Flames Jersey , his passion for his team was only exceeded by his passion for the Military - Murray Marshall

Murrary will be sending this jersey out to Steven’s family and close friends to wear to various events and share stories about his son. Murrary contacted me and asked me if I would want to wear this to a Flames game in honour of steven and I did not hesitate. Even though I am a Leafs fan first, our men and women and their families are like family to me and I am truly honoured for him to ask.

Murray will also be setting up a Facebook page where people can post their photos of the time they had with his jersey and keep the memory of Sapper Steven Marshal alive in their hearts.

“The biggest thing I’ve noticed with other fallen soldiers families is that is very hard to get their smile back after losing a loved on, Steven would want us to be having a laugh and sharing a story about him, this is my way of getting my smile back."
Sapper Steven Marshall -

I had the honor of wearing Stephens jersey to a Flames game which you can read on "My night to honor a fallen soldier" and a friend of mine who goes by @Newfiehun on Twitter also got to take her son to a Flames game wearing this jersey.

Update : December 23rd, 2011 - Thanks to Canadian womens hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser Murray and one of Steven's brothers will be going to the bronze medal game of the World Junior Hockey championship his year........... More Info Here 


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  2. I cannot imagine anything harder than to lose a child. God Bless all the parents who will forever feel that kind of pain.
    What a proud and Honorable tribute to his son. So glad he found a way to smile again.