Seidel, Marotta re-sign with Jackals

ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and the AHL’s Rochester Americans, announced that the club has agreed to terms with forward Mike Seidel and goaltender Sam Marotta for the 2015-16 season.

Seidel, 27, returns for his second season with the Jackals after leading the club in scoring last season. The Darien, Ill. native recorded career highs with 23 goals and 42 points in 58 games for Elmira. In his first professional season in 2013-14, the 5-foot-11 180-pound forward recorded 31 points (12g-19a) in 67 combined games between the Evansville IceMen and Gwinnett Gladiators.

Prior to turning pro, Seidel spent four seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, notching 88 points (47g-41a) in 150 career games. He was part of the Bulldogs’ squad that captured the 2011 NCAA National Championship. Seidel also played three seasons in the United Stated Hockey League with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, posting 163 points (60g-103a) in 173 career games.

Marotta, 24, also returns for his second season with the Jackals. The Bridgewater, Mass. native appeared in 36 games for Elmira as a rookie, recording 11 wins, a 2.74 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Marotta appeared in one contest with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the SPHL to begin the season prior to signing with the Jackals. The 6-foot-4 200-pound netminder also earned his first two call-ups to the AHL, stopping nine shots in 20 minutes of action with the Rochester Americans.

Prior to turning pro, Marotta appeared in 47 games for Merrimack College, posting a 2.39 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.