Third Grader Remembered with "Sticks Out For Marshall"

Emily Ness
Updated: January 22, 2020 06:26 PM

Nine-year-old Marshall Bader was described by those who knew him well as a happy, larger-than-life kid that you'd want your own kid to play with. The hockey player from the Grand Rapids area passed away in a farming accident over the weekend. Since then, his memory has sparked a movement that has become known as “Sticks out for Marshall." Through the movement, families across the region have placed hockey sticks outside their homes in Marshall's honor.


“The hockey stick represents hockey in the community, so I think it’s awesome. I mean, you’re just showing a lot of support for the Bader family and Grand Rapids in general so I think it’s really cool,” Blake Biondi, captain of Hermantown’s high school hockey team said.

Biondi said that the Hermantown Squirts play the Grand Rapids Squirts often and are friends.

“The hockey community is just a very small world,” Biondi said. “In the summer, you might be playing with those guys you know from different towns and stuff so just really small world and everyone looks out for everyone.”

Before Hermantown’s most recent game, Biondi said that coaches had the boys put up a “five” for Bader and take a picture.

“We all just had our jersey’s on and we all held up five for Bader and it was really sad, but yeah, just looking out for everyone and obviously Grand Rapids and Hermantown play each other a lot and we’re friends,” Biondi said.

“Sticks out for Marshall” continues to grow online.


Emily Ness

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