OHL Mourns the Loss of Marv Edwards


The Ontario Hockey League is saddened by the loss of two-time Memorial Cup champion, former Peterborough Petes goaltending coach and long-time pro netminder Marv Edwards who passed away this past Saturday at the age of 88.

Edwards had a highly successful four-year junior career in his hometown of St. Catharines, backstopping the Teepees to an appearance in the J. Ross Robertson Cup Final in 1952 where they’d fall to the a powerhouse Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters team in five games. He manned the crease for the 1953 Barrie Flyers, backstopping them to a Memorial Cup title as they defeated the St. Boniface Canadiens in five games. Edwards was back with the Teepees in 1954 as they completed some unfinished business from two years prior, this time winning a Robertson Cup title before advancing to defeat the Edmonton Oil Kings in a five-game set to be crowned Memorial Cup champions.

Edwards would play parts of 20 seasons of professional hockey, culminating in a 61-game NHL tenure in the twilight of his career that was spent between the Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and California Golden Seals prior to his retirement in 1974. Internationally, he represented Canada at the 1959 World Hockey Championship in Prague, winning a gold medal. He was also a World Cup champion as a member of the Belleville McFarlands that same year.

At just 5-foot-8, Edwards’ career was marked by perseverance as he traversed the minor leagues before making his NHL debut at the age of 33. In all, his career included 1,149 games across 22 teams in 11 different leagues.

Following his playing career, Edwards served a pair of seasons as head coach of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in the CHL from 1975-77 before later working as goaltending coach of the Peterborough Petes from 1994-99 as well as during the 1999-2000 season. Edwards helped the Petes win an OHL Championship in 1996, working with netminders Zac Bierk and Allan Hitchen.

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