Hall reunites Marsh, Ramage

RYAN PYETTE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Images of Brad Marsh and Rob Ramage hang on banners in the rafters of the John Labatt Centre.

Starting in November, both will also be on display in the rink's main hallway.

Marsh heads the list of the 2007 London Sports Hall of Fame inductees and again joins his former Knights defensive partner Ramage, who was honoured four years ago with his own plaque in the JLC's main concourse.

"We played junior B together, with the Knights and then on the same team in Toronto (with the Maple Leafs), though we weren't paired together there," Marsh, 49, said yesterday from Ottawa. "Every time you're recognized by a group of people, it's always a great honour and for it to happen in the city where I grew up and have so many fond memories, it's even better."

Marsh is the third hockey player heading to the Hall in six years of nominations. There are already four golfers, with Jack Nash the latest to be inducted into the legend category.

Long-time London Majors Intercounty baseball team owner Arden Eddie; basketball, volleyball and tennis official and all-around sports enthusiast Dutch Decker, and the 1945 London Shamrocks senior women's basketball team will also be enshrined at the Spirit of Sport dinner Nov. 8 at Western Fair.

As a co-winner with Ramage of the 1977-78 Max Kaminsky Trophy for OHL defenceman of the year, the ex-Knight appreciates the back-end strength Anaheim has built with mammoth blueliner Chris Pronger and the heady Scott Niedermayer.

"With expansion to 30 teams, most clubs are able to have a 1-A defenceman but to be able to have two, that's a big advantage for Anaheim and a testament to what they've built there under a (salary) cap system," he said. "On most teams, your sixth defenceman really is a sixth defenceman, but they have a luxury with those two there that other teams don't have."

Marsh, who played 15 NHL seasons, won two world junior medals for Canada (silver in 1977 and bronze in 1978) and appeared in two Stanley Cup finals with the Philadelphia Flyers (1985, 1987). He skated for the expansion Ottawa team in 1992-93 and scored a goal in that season's all-star game in Montreal.

2007 LONDON SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Brad Marsh (athlete, modern)

- Named to London Knights all-time team.

- First choice of the Atlanta Flames in the 1978 amateur draft, taken 11th overall.

- Played 1,086 NHL regular-season games, with 23 goals, 175 assists and 1,241 penalty minutes. Played 97 playoff games with six goals, 18 assists and 124 penalty minutes.

- Played a then-record 83 games in an 80-game NHL schedule in 1982-83 after an in-season trade to Philadelphia from Calgary.

Jack Nash (athlete, legend)

- Will be inducted posthumously and added a winning touch in curling and badminton to his sure hand on the golf course.

- An off-the-charts putter, he played for 12 Ontario Willingdon Cup teams, won both provincial and national senior titles, reached the quarter-finals of the 1933 British Amateur and was a 13-time club champion at the London Hunt and Country Club.

- Combined with his sons to win five Ontario father/son titles, twice each with Rob and David and once with John.

Arden Eddie (builder, modern)

- Played on the last Majors team to win the Intercounty Baseball League title in 1975 and bought the team the following year.

- Steered the ship for the next 28 years and kept the franchise alive while sharing Labatt Park with three professional teams -- the Eastern League Tigers, the Frontier League Werewolves and short-lived Canadian Baseball League Monarchs.

- Saved the Labatt Park clubhouse from demolition in 1977 and supported its designation as a heritage site.

Dutch Decker (builder, legend)

- Enjoyed a sports career that spanned 50 years as a player, coach, instructor, official and administrator.

- Officiated basketball, tennis, volleyball at the international level, including crew chief of the scoring and timing table in basketball at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

- Founded the London Basketball Referees Association and was the first director of the Canadian Basketball Officials Association.

1945 London Shamrocks

- Second team inducted that was founded by Bill Farquharson, who also organized the 1948 London Majors.

- Picked from players in the city league, the team won the Eastern Canadian title with a two-game, total-points victory over Montreal.

- Rolled to a 20-game winning streak and after failing to land Vancouver for a national challenge match, lost 38-22 to the then "world champion" Rochester (N.Y.) Filarets.

- Beat Brantford Waterous, Toronto Alerts and Merritton Housers to win the Ontario intermediate B playoff tournament.


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