Marty Walsh (ice hockey)

Marty Walsh
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1963
Marty Walsh, Ottawa HC.jpg
Walsh in 1911.
Born (1884-10-16)October 16, 1884
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Died March 27, 1915(1915-03-27) (aged 30)
Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Centre
Played for Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1906–1912
Marty Walsh on a 1910 tobacco card.

Martin Joseph Walsh (October 16, 1884 – March 27, 1915) was a Canadian amateur, later professional, ice hockey player. Walsh played for the Ottawa Senators, winning three Stanley Cups in 1909, 1910 and 1911 and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He retired from ice hockey in 1912 and moved west to Edmonton to work. In 1914, Walsh contracted tuberculosis, succumbing to the disease in March 1915.[1]

Early life

Walsh was born in Kingston, Ontario, the son of Michael and Catherine Walsh. Martin had an older sister Loretta and older brother William.[2] Walsh played junior hockey for the local Kingston Frontenacs. At seventeen, Walsh entered Queen's University.

Walsh played hockey for the Queen's senior hockey team from 1902–1906 and the team won the intercollegiate title in 1904 and 1906. The 1906 squad challenged for the Stanley Cup in 1906 against the Ottawa Senators. Walsh scored four goals in the two games of the series which was won by Ottawa. Walsh also played rugby football for Queen's,[3] and was a member of their 1905 intercollegiate championship team.[4]

Professional career

Walsh turned professional for the 1906–07 season with the Canadian Soo of the International Professional Hockey League (IPHL), playing only seven games due to injury.

Walsh was sought after by several clubs, including the Montreal Shamrocks and Montreal Wanderers, but he decided to sign with Ottawa.[5] He joined the Ottawa Hockey Club in 1907 and played for the club for five seasons, winning Stanley Cups in 1909, 1910 and 1911. He was a high-scoring forward and in 1909, Marty scored 42 goals in 12 games. When the National Hockey Association was formed late in 1909, Renfrew attempted to sign Ottawa's star players including Walsh, but Walsh re-signed with Ottawa. When Walsh re-signed with Ottawa, players Fred Lake and Albert Kerr decided to turn down their Renfrew offers.[6] In 1911, he scored ten goals in a Stanley Cup challenge match against Port Arthur, second only to Frank McGee's 14 in one game. After the 1911 season, Bruce Stuart retired and Walsh was named captain of the team. Walsh played his last professional game with the Senators in 1912, finishing with 11 goals in 12 games for the 1911–12 season.

Walsh was recognized for his talent in 1962 when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.[7]


In 1912, Walsh left for Winnipeg with Dubbie Kerr to start a cattle ranch.[8] Their plans changed when Kerr was lured out of retirement to play in the new Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA). There were reports that the PCHA had signed Walsh as well, but he remained retired.[9] In 1913, Walsh moved west to the Edmonton area, where he worked as a paymaster[10] for the Grand Trunk Railway.[11] While in Edmonton, he coached the Edmonton Eskimos team for two seasons. He guided the Eskimos to the 1913 Inter-City Hockey League title and an Allan Cup challenge.

In 1914, Walsh fell ill with tuberculosis. In February 1915, Walsh entered the Gravenhurst Sanitorium for treatment, but when admitted, the doctors estimated he had only a short time left to live.[3] Walsh died on March 27, 1915. His remains were transported to Kingston for burial in St. Mary's Cemetery after a funeral at St. Mary's Cathedral.[11] At his death, Walsh's only relative was his sister Loretta Keaney of Sudbury.[10]


  • 1908, 1909 – ECAHA/ECHA First All-Star team
  • 1909 – ECHA Most Valuable Player


    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1903–04 Queen's University CIHU 4 9 0 9 30 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1904–05 Queen's University CIHU 4 9 0 9 15 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1905–06 Queen's University St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 2 4 0 4 3
1906–07 Canadian Soo IHL 7 4 5 9 0 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1907–08 Ottawa Senators ECAHA 9 27 0 27 30 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1908–09* Ottawa Senators ECHA 12 42 0 42 41 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1909–10 Ottawa Senators CHA 2 9 0 9 18 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1909–10* Ottawa Senators St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 4 8 0 8 12
1909–10 Ottawa Senators NHA 11 19 0 19 44 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1910–11 Ottawa Senators NHA 16 35 0 35 51 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1910–11* Ottawa Senators St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 2 13 0 13 0
1911–12 Ottawa Senators NHA 12 9 0 9 0 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
ECAHA/ECHA totals 21 69 0 69 71 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
NHA totals 39 63 0 63 95 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
St-Cup totals β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 8 25 0 25 15

* Stanley Cup Champion.


  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2003). Honoured Members: Hockey Hall of Fame. Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing. ISBN 1-55168-239-7.
  1. ^ "Marty Walsh dies at Muskoka". Muskoka Free Press. March 29, 1915.
  2. ^ "1901 Canadian Census". Collections Canada.
  3. ^ a b "Marty Walsh Is Dying At Muskoka Sanitorium". Toronto World. February 24, 1915. p. 8.
  4. ^ "Marty Walsh Dead". Montreal Gazette. March 29, 1915. p. 17.
  5. ^ "Marty Walsh coming". Ottawa Citizen. November 30, 1907. p. 8.
  6. ^ "The Passing of Marty Walsh". The Star. Toronto. March 29, 1915. p. 12.
  7. ^ Hockey Hall of Fame 2003, p. 59.
  8. ^ "Off To Winnipeg". Ottawa Citizen. May 27, 1912. p. 8.
  9. ^ "Si Griffis Signed With Vancouver Club". November 7, 1912. p. 8.
  10. ^ a b "A Man And A Player Was "Marty" Walsh". The Globe. March 29, 1915. p. 11.
  11. ^ a b "Late Marty Walsh Funeral In Kingston". Toronto World. March 29, 1915. p. 8.

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