Maine Hockey Journal

Tragedy hits Pirates family

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Portland, ME – Tragedy has stricken the Portland Pirates family as former goaltender Nathan Marsters was killed in an auto accident Monday night in West Lincoln, Ontario.

According to Niagara Regional Police, Marsters was traveling on Regional Road 20 – approximately 25 miles east of Hamilton – eastbound when his vehicle, Chevy Silverado, struck a deer around 9:10pm Monday night.

Marsters, 29, a resident of nearby Smithville sustained fatal injuries when the deer came through his windshield striking him. The vehicle came to rest in a field where a passerby attempted to assist him, but was pronounced dead on the scene by police.

NathanMarstersMarsters, drafted in the in the fifth round (#165 overall) of the NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, spent two seasons with the Pirates. During the 2005 -’06 season, he had a career year, playing 37 games, going 23-9-2. He helped lead the Pirates to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals before falling in OT to the Hershey Bears.

After a disappointing season in 2006-’07, he went to Europe in 2007 where he played for the Krefeld Penguins of the DEL.

He was hoping to get back to playing last season, but the opportunity just didn’t happen for him.

Marsters graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in 2004 with a B.A. in Management. While spending four seasons with the Engineers, he won countless honors for his play.

Marsters leaves behind a wife, Olivia, parents Gary and Karen Marsters and brother Adam.

Visitation is Friday, June 12 at Stonehouse-Whitcomb Funeral Home from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Private service to follow.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to Grimsby Minor Hockey Association.

Grimsby Minor Hockey Association
P.O. Box 315
Grimsby, ON L3M 5C6

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