Royals agree to terms with Mike Marcou

Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, announced that the Royals have agreed to terms with defenseman Mike Marcou.

This marks the third stint in Reading for Marcou, who hails from Kings Park, N.Y. Last season, Marcou began the year with the Graz 99ers in Austria, where he recorded six assists and 16 penalty minutes in 22 games prior to returning to North America in mid-December when he was signed to a two-way American Hockey League deal by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He was then loaned by the Phantoms to the Royals, where he registered 19 points (4g-15a) and 17 penalty minutes in 47 regular-season games, which placed him fourth amongst defensemen on the team in scoring.

In his first season with the Royals in 2014-1, Marcou led all defensemen on the team with a career personal high 35 points (6g-29a) in 64 games. That year, Marcou also led all d-men on the Royals with 18 power play points (2g-16a). His sixteen power play assists tied for the team lead and was fourth most amongst defensemen in the league.

Marcou, who will be entering his fifth season of pro hockey, has led the defensemen on his team in scoring three times, including 2013-14, when he racked up 29 points (8g-21a) in 65 games with the Greenville Road Warriors. Marcou, who was signed to an AHL deal that year by the Hartford Wolf Pack, also played two games for Hartford.

In his rookie season, 2012-13, Marcou led Greenville defensemen with 25 points (6g-19a) in 54 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, Colo. That year, Marcou also logged a pair of AHL games with the San Antonio Rampage.

In 258 career pro games, Marcou has registered 114 points (24g-90a) and 107 penalty minutes. In forty career pro postseason games, he has 50 points (6g-9a) and 24 penalty minutes.

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 21 points (6g-15a) in 34 games. In 117 games for UMass-Amherst, Marcou recorded 43 points (17g-26a) and 77 penalty minutes.