Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Mike Marcou. Consistent with team policy, terms of the SPC were not released.
Marcou is the thirteenth player announced as signed by the Royals to an ECHL Standard Players Contract for the 2014-15 season, joining forwards Brandon Blandina, Kyle Bodie, Ryan Cruthers, Brock Higgs, Adam Hughesman, Domenic Monardo, Cam Reid, Kevin Walrod and Sean Wiles and defensemen Matt Campanale, Jordan Heywood and Bryant Molle.
Video comments of Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Larry Courville on the signing of Marcou can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyn3KtFPcbM.
Last season, Marcou (5’11/181) (24), a third year pro who hails from Kings Park, New York, led all defensemen on the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL with twenty-nine points (8g-21a) in sixty-five regular season games. Marcou, who was signed to an AHL deal by the Hartford Wolf Pack prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, also played two games for Hartford without registering any points or penalty minutes. Marcou added five-points (1g-4a) in eighteen post-season games for the Road Warriors, who advanced all the way to the ECHL’s 2014 Eastern Conference Finals before being eliminated by the Cincinnati Cyclones.
In his rookie season, 2012-13, Marcou also led Greenville defensemen with twenty-five points (6g-19a) in fifty-four games for the Road Warriors. In January of that season, Marcou was selected to represent Greenville at the 2013 ECHL All-Star Classic in Loveland, Colorado, on a team that was led by the Royals’ Head Coach Larry Courville. That year, Marcou also logged a pair of AHL games with the San Antonio Rampage. In playoffs that year, Marcou played one post-season game in the Road Warriors’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinal first round series against Reading, which the eventual Kelly Cup Champion Royals won four games to one.
Prior to turning pro, Marcou played four seasons at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In his sophomore season, he was selected as the team’s co-Most Improved Player, and in his final year with the Minutemen, Marcou was second in scoring amongst defensemen on the team with twenty-one points (6g-15a) in thirty-four games. In 117 games for UMass-Amherst, Marcou recorded forty-three points (17g-26a) and seventy-seven penalty minutes.
The Royals open the 2014-15 season on Saturday, October 18, at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia, where the team will face the Wheeling Nailers. The home portion of the schedule will kick off the following Saturday (October 25, 2014 @ 7:05 pm) when the Elmira Jackals travel to Santander Arena. Royals’ season tickets are currently available. Call 610-898-7825 for more information or log onto www.royalshockey.com.