Mike Marson

Michael Robert Marson (born July 24, 1955 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played five seasons in the National Hockey League for the Washington Capitals and the Los Angeles Kings.

Marson was drafted in the 2nd Round, 19th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft. Marson signed a five-year contract with the Capitals and would become the second Black Canadian to play in the NHL. Former Boston Bruin Willie O'Ree broke the NHL's colour barrier in 1957–58.

After his hockey playing career ended in 1980 he studied Martial arts. Marson became a 5th degree black belt in the Japanese style of Shotokan, attaining the status of Master-Shihan. Marson has developed an off-ice martial arts training program for hockey players designed to improve timing, focus and confidence. Current NHL player Rick Nash is a student of the program.

After hockey, Marson also worked as a bus operator for the Toronto Transit Commission.

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