Fred Marsh’s flexible goal peg invention in 1984 for the District of Kitimat, has been ranked as one of the top 100 great moments in B.C.’s hockey history. photo

Fred Marsh’s invention named to Top 100 B.C. hockey moments

“Fred’s invention undoubtedly prevented many injuries and potentially saved lives.”

Kitimat legend and inventor Fred Marsh’s introduction of flexible goal posts has been ranked as one of the 100 great moments in the 100-year history of hockey in B.C.

BC Hockey announced its list of 100 Great Moments in BC Hockey History, drawn up by a task group featuring prominent members of the B.C. hockey community to recognize and celebrate its history.

The list includes some of the most influential hockey people and moments, selected according to five categories – builders, moments, officials, players and teams.

BC Hockey recognized these moments with a special event prior to the BC Hockey Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in July.

“Drawing up this list was no easy task,” said BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer Barry Petrachenko. “So many great people and moments have contributed to the shaping of B.C. hockey’s history and identity.”

Fred’s son Kelly Marsh said it was very fitting that the family heard BC Hockey’s announcement while Fred’s wife Sheila was visiting Kitimat.

“Fred’s contribution to professional hockey has undoubtedly prevented many injuries and potentially saved lives, so being recognized as one of BC Hockey’s greatest moments is a huge honour for not only Fred, but for our entire family,” said Kelly.

A District of Kitimat spokesperson said the DoK was happy to hear that Fred will be recognized at this level.

“Congratulations go to Fred, his wife Sheila and the Marsh family, and thanks go to BC Hockey for recognizing Fred’s accomplishment as one of their 100 greatest moments.”

BC Hockey has also compiled a series of flipbooks that show further the evolution of hockey in B.C . and the Yukon, and are available on BC Hockey’s website

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