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.@UMassHockey Alum Mike Marcou Signs With Reading

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Congratulations to former UMass defenseman Mike Marcou who has signed with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Royals made the announcement via a release this morning

Also, check out the team's video on Marcou's signing.

From the Worcester Telegram & Gazette:

For the third straight season, there is a Marcou in the American Hockey League, although this one is not playing for the Sharks.

James Marcou's younger brother, Mike, signed an amateur tryout agreement with Oklahoma City and has already gotten into a game. The Marcou brothers were teammates at UMass until James turned pro at the end of the 2009-10 season.

James said his brother called him to talk things over before his AHL debut. "He was a little nervous," James added.

The Marcous have never played against each other in a high-level game. That could happen next year, or they could be on the same team again. James' season is over -- it never even started, actually -- due to a concussion, although he said he is symptom free.

"I wanted to play last week," he said, "but the Sharks said I'd be better off just shutting it down and starting up next year."

Where that will be is another question, since Marcou's contract is up.

"I'll find somewhere to play," he said, "even if it's not back here."

Q&A With Michael Marcou From NewsOK

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New Barons defenseman Mike Marcou talks about his American Hockey League debut, playing at Fenway Park and his preference in pre-game candy. Marcou signed an amateur tryout contract with Oklahoma City and made his professional debut March 30 at Milwaukee after finishing his senior season at UMass. He will likely play his first game in Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. Tuesday when the Barons host the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Cox Center.

Read the Q&A here - Barons Q&A with: rookie defenseman Mike Marcou

Collegian: Hanley, Marcou key success over weekend

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Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a sidebar on the roll defensemen Joel Hanley and Michael Marcou had in the weekend series against New Hampshire.

Recaps From Hockey's Frozen Fenway Win Over Vermont

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Mike Marcou Returns to Islanders Prospect Camp

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For the second straight year, UMass hockey rising senior Michael Marcou has earned an invite to the New York Islanders Prospect Camp.

Mike Salerno of the has an in-depth piece looking at the Kings Park, N.Y. natives development over the past three years.

Marcou, who was recently named an assistant captain of the Minutemen heading into his senior season, has seen his game grow by leaps and bounds since arriving in 2008.  

He was named the team's Co-Most Improved Player in his sophomore season in 2009-10, a campaign in which he tallied seven goals, including a pair on the power play, and 10 points in 36 games.  

"I'm an assistant captain now, so I've got a leadership role," Marcou said of his new title. "We've got a lot of young kids coming in and they'll be looking up to me. I've got to show them the right ropes."

For the second straight summer, Long Island native Mike Marcou has been invited to the New York Islanders Prospect Camp. You can find his bio here

Along with Marcou, Danny Hobbs (New York Rangers) and Adam Phillips (Philadelphia Flyers) have attended prospect camps this summer.

Dick Baker's Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker looks at the challenges of playing an afternoon game as the UMass hockey team hosts UMass Lowell on Saturday at 1:30 PM. Also, he has a feature on Michael Marcou doing away with superstition, takes a look around Hockey East, and asks the question of why more people don't know Dale Rolfe. Send a Twitter to @UMassAthletics if you know the answer!

UMass hockey defenseman Michael Marcou ditches superstition with maturity
UMass hockey players will have different schedule with afternoon game

Around Hockey East: UMass gets extra rest for Lowell

What is the matter with these kids these days: Shouldn't a freshman have heard of Dale Rolfe?

Daily Collegian: 2010 UMass Hockey Preview

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CBS3 UMass Hockey Show Replay

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If you missed watching the UMass Hockey Show on CBS3 Springfield this past Saturday, you can watch it online. Host Josh Maurer and Coach Don "Toot" Cahoon break down the team's series against Minnesota and looks ahead to the next few games. We also learn about captain Paul Dainton, and the meaning behind the symbols on his goalie helmet. Plus, a couple of local players are leading the team's offense. And we take a few minutes to chat with Michael Marcou, and former UMass great Jon Quick.

Dick Baker's Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker had two additions to his UMass Hockey Blog last night. The first features freshman goalie Jeff Teglia in a comparison with BU netminder Kieran Millan who was in a similar position during his freshman year. The second focuses on UMass' early season success recently against Boston University and what the Minutemen must do to emulate that.

Teglia Can Find Confidence At Other End Of The Rink
UMass Hopes To Continue Early Season Success Against Terriers

CBS3 UMass Hockey Show Airs This Saturday

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Don't forget to tune-in or set your DVR's, TIVO's, or if you are old-school, VCR's to check out the UMass Hockey Show which will air this Saturday, October 16 at 11 AM on CBS3 Springfield.

The show will recap the Minnesota weekend, preview the upcoming games against Boston University, feature insight into the program from head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon and show you sides of several players you may not have known about.

There are several features on Paul Dainton, Michael Marcou, T.J. Syner and Kevin Czepiel, plus you can meet several of the team's freshmen and Kevin Moore finds out what guys must do to get ready for games. It's a show any UMass hockey fan will not want to miss!

Dick Baker's MassLive.Com Blog

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Here are some updates from Dick Baker's UMass Hockey Blog from Saturday night's game at Minnesota:

UMass Goes With 7 Defensemen For 2nd Game
Dainton Injured In First Period
Comeback Falls Short In Loss To Minnesota
Reactions To Saturday's Minnesota Game

Dick Baker's Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker was on-site yesterday at the Hockey East Media Day and has two new entries in his UMass Hockey Blog on In his first post, he spoke with captain Paul Dainton and assistant captains Danny Hobbs, Michael Marcou, and T.J. Syner about the upcoming season. An interesting fact: they are all roommates and according to Baker live with a "gremlin" in the house. No further explanation was offered except that the Gremlin is the "Captain of the House".

Baker also received a scouting report on freshmen defensemen Conor Allen and Joel Hanley who should play key roles as the season progresses.

Happy Birthday On Aug. 19 to football quarterback Kyle Havens, hockey d-man Michael Marcou, softball grad Whitney Williams and rower Ariadne Zamelis.

Kyle Havens   Michael Marcou  Whitney Williams  Ariadne Zamelis