Eagles add trio of defensemen

WINDSOR, Colo. – The Colorado Eagles announced that they have agreed to terms with defensemen Jake MartoSean Zimmerman and Teigan Zahn for the 2016-17 season.

The Eagles are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche and the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage.

Marto returns to Colorado after posting a career-high 37 points in 62 games with the Eagles last season, finishing the year at a +12. A two-time WCHA-champion during his NCAA career at the University of North Dakota, Marto also enjoyed a two-year stint playing professionally in Europe. He collected 17 points in 51 games while playing for Sodertalje SK in Sweden during the 2013-14 campaign. The Grand Forks, N.D. native generated 11 points in 49 games with the Graz 99ers in Austria in the 2014-15 campaign. He now returns for his fourth season in Colorado, having amassed 68 points in 149 games with the Eagles, playing at a combined +21 in that time. In addition, Marto has also appeared in 14 AHL games with the St. John’s Ice Caps, posting three points.

Zimmerman appeared in all 72 regular-season games last season, notching eight points and 196 penalty minutes. Zimmerman will be suiting up for the Eagles for the third consecutive season and enters the 2016-17 season having registered 18 points and 312 penalty minutes in 135 games with Colorado. Born in Denver, Zimmerman was a sixth-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and also brings with him nearly 300 games of experience at the AHL level with the Albany River Rats, Lowell Devils, Syracuse Crunch, Rochester Americans, Providence Bruins and San Antonio Rampage.

Zahn returns for his third season in Colorado after posting 11 points and 169 penalty minutes during the 2015-16 campaign. Zahn was selcted in the fifth round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008, and has generated seven goals, 24 assists and 467 penalty minutes in his two previous seasons with the Eagles. The Regina, Saskatchewan native previously served as the captain of the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League and also boasts 13 games of experience at the AHL level with the Oklahoma City Barons and Norfolk Admirals.