#FormerColonialWatch: Francis Marotte named to Seattle Kraken inaugural NHL training camp roster

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Francis Marotte takes a knee against RIT.

By Jonathan Hanna, Editor-in-Chief

SEATTLE– The newest team in the NHL, the Seattle Kraken, have announced their inaugural training camp roster, and there is a familiar name to RMU hockey fans. Former RMU netminder Francis Marotte was named to the roster after spending last season with the ECHL’s Allen Americans.

As a Colonial, Marotte ended his career first all-time in wins (50), and is tied for first with eight shutouts. The St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec native posted a 2.55 goals against average and a .917 save percentage and finished his career with a 50-44-8 record.

Following a three-year career at Robert Morris that ended in the 2019 Atlantic Hockey semifinals thanks to an overtime goal by AIC’s Blake Christensen, Marotte transferred to the ECAC’s Clarkson Golden Knights for his senior season. With the Golden Knights, Marotte posted a 1.78 goals against and a .938 save percentage en-route to a 23-8-3 record. Clarkson’s season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After his collegiate career, Marotte signed with the Allen Americans of the ECHL. Marotte finished the season with a 8-3-1 record, as well as recording a 2.54 GAA and .917 save percentage in 12 games played.

Marotte also played two games with the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. With the Tigers, the 6’1″ netminder had a 3.76 GAA and .800 save percentage.

In Seattle, Marotte joins a goaltending room including Philipp Grubauer (214 NHL games with Washington and Colorado), Chris Driedger (38 NHL games played with Ottawa and Florida), Joey Daccord (9 NHL games played with Ottawa) and Antoine Bibeau (4 NHL games played with Toronto and Colorado).

Marotte will look to continue his ascent up the professional hockey ladder and earn a spot in either the NHL, AHL or ECHL.