Marshall "Turbo" Bader---IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER--

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our sweet charming boy Marshall “Turbo” Charles Bader, age 9, from Boy River, MN. Marshall was a third-grade student at Murphy Elementary School in Grand Rapids, MN. When Marshall wasn’t playing hockey with his buddies, he loved to spend time on his family farm helping his dad with cattle, haying, building things, and zipping around on the go-kart he bought with his own hard-earned money. He also loved to hunt and fish; he had been planning many future hunting trips with his dad.

Marshall loved the sport of hockey and anyone who knew him, saw that he was made for the ice. He couldn’t wait to be a Thunderhawk and play in the state tourney with his friends. He had many mentors in the local hockey community who believed in his talent and treated him as their own son; for that, our family will forever be thankful. To know Marshall, was to love him. Although his time on this earth was too short, his impact was great. Marshall brought a brightness to all of our lives that was undeniable. He was full of charisma and charm; he’d be the first to lend a helping hand. He was the hardest working nine-year old you would have ever met; something that not only he took a great deal of pride in, but his family did as well. Marshall will forever be remembered for his sweet smile, contagious laugh and big heart.

The hockey community is mourning the loss of a nine-year-old Grand Rapids hockey player who died in an accident at his family’s farm in Boy River on Sunday

Only standing room remained at the Star of the North hockey tournament Friday evening where the Grand Rapids Squirts and the public alike honored the life of nine-year-old Marshall Bader, a hockey player from the Grand Rapids area who passed away in a tragic accident on his family’s farm earlier this week.

“Marshall is one of those special kids, you know. He’s just small in stature, big heart. A competitor—always had a smile on his face. I’ll remember those freckles and that big smile forever,” Andrew Shermoen, Coach for the Squirts A team said. “He earned the nickname ‘Turbo’ from his work ethic and determination and charisma and was just one of those larger than life people.”

Marshall “Turbo” Bader, 9, of Boy River, Minn., died in a farm accident. He was an avid hockey player and he’s being honored with hockey sticks displayed outside homes across the state.

The kid was a rink rat, skating every day after school for three, four, even five hours before heading home.

Small in stature, he made up for his lack of size with grit and speed, earning the nickname "Turbo" for his endless enthusiasm and reckless dashes down the ice.

Last weekend, he even got a new hockey stick, and he couldn't wait to hit the rink with his pals in Grand Rapids, Minn., and try it out.

But Marshall Bader never got the chance.

The 9-year-old was killed Sunday in an accident on his family's farm in Boy River, Minn., a town of 47 residents about 185 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. By Thursday, as social media spread word of his death across Minnesota's tight-knit hockey community, the State of Hockey — indeed, the North American hockey world — was honoring him with "sticks out," leaving a hockey stick outside their homes to mark his passing.

"Hockey is family," said Kelly Brooks Paradise, daughter of legendary coach Herb Brooks, who put a special tribute to Marshall on Facebook.

The Olympic gold medal of legendary hockey coach Herb Brooks was put out in one of the many tributes.

From Montreal to Massachusetts, from Cleveland to California, the Facebook page of the Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association quickly filled with dozens of photos in Marshall's memory.

Solitary sticks on tiny porches. Clusters of sticks outside well-to-do homes. Sticks strung with lights and with messages written on the tape.

The Minnesota Wild posted a photo of players' sticks against a Wild team logo.

And in perhaps the greatest gesture a hockey player could receive, Brooks' family added a photo of their own sticks — along with the gold medal the late Brooks earned by leading the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic team to triumph.

Why the outpouring of love for a kid from a town most Minnesotans probably have never heard of?

"Because he was so sweet and innocent," Paradise said, explaining why she participated in "sticks out," a hockey tradition, for only the second time ever. "And the Grand Rapids hockey program and how they surrounded the family — you could just feel the love."

For Paradise, there was another connection, because her father and Marshall both wore number 5 on their hockey sweaters.

"Both number 5, and both gone too young," she said.

Marshall's coach, Andy Shermoen, said he was the kind of boy who doesn't come around often.

"He was a player, for sure," Shermoen said. "He played much bigger than he was.

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