Pittsburgh, Pa. – Robert Morris University men’s hockey Head Coach Derek Schooley is pleased to announce the signing of goaltender Francis Marotte for coming season. Marotte signed his national letter of intent this week and will join the Colonials beginning with the 2016-17 season.
Marotte, the 1995-born goaltender, hails from Longueuil, Quebec. The 6-foot-1, 197 pound netminder plays for the Nepean Raiders in the Central Canada Junior A Hockey League (CCHL). Marotte leads the CCHL in saves (699) and is second overall in save percentage. Marotte has improved his save percentage and goals against average from last year to this season, currently posting a 2.84 GAA and a .917 save percentage in 23 games played. Marotte was the CCHL’s Goalie of the Month in October. The Nepean goaltender went 5-2-1-1 in his nine starts while earning five game stars, posting a .934 save percentage, stopping 267 of 286 shots faced and a 2.10 GAA.
Colonials assistant coach Kody Van Rentergem speaks highly of Marotte, both as a hockey player and off the ice as well.
“He’s very focused and works hard to improve his game,” said Van Rentergem. “He is very composed in net and makes the difficult save looks routine at times, because his positioning is so good.”
“He’s a great person, incredibly personable and easy to talk to,” Van Rentergem continued. “He competes incredibly hard and is a guy who gives his team a chance to win every night.”
Marotte’s current team, the Nepean Raiders, are the former team of current Colonials freshman forward Brandon Watt, whose family is the billet family for Marotte. The Quebec-native was also played with RMU freshman forward Kyle Horsman.
“They’ve only told me good things about the program,” said Marotte.
“The coaching staff has been great to me throughout the process,” Marotte continued, noting that playing Division I hockey has been a life-long goal.
Marotte joins the incoming class of 2016 signees, including forwards Adam Brady, Jacob Coleman, Matthew Graham, Kevin Lavoie, Daniel Mantenuto and Nicholas Santoro. Defenseman Geoff Lawson signed his national letter of intent last week, as a member of the incoming class of 2017-18.
Robert Morris is back in action Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21 at Army West Point, before returning home to face Sacred Heart on Saturday and Sunday, November 28 and 29. For tickets, visit RMUtickets.com or call 412-397-4949.