Upon completing a deal to sign defenceman Jake Marto out of the University of North Dakota last week, the Jets organization may have released a little tidbit of information about where their ECHL affiliate will reside.
Of course this has probably been quite obvious for some time now, as it would make sense for the newest NHL, AHL and ECHL clubs to all be in affiliation.
When Marto’s signing was reported by the Grand Forks Herald, they had this to say:
The former Grand Forks Central and UND defenseman has signed a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets’ organization. The contract calls for Marto to play for either the St. John’s IceCaps in the American Hockey League or the Colorado Eagles in the East Coast Hockey League.
Marto says he wishes to stay in the “A” but there’s obviously a real chance he could be sent to Colorado.
The Eagles had been playing in the Central Hockey League up until and including this past season. In months following the season, it was speculated that they would join the ECHL until finally confirmed on May 31st by Eagles coach and president Chris Stewart.
We’ll keep an eye on this over the coming weeks since no formal announcement has been made, to my knowledge (or Google’s knowledge, I guess.)
Visit the Eagles’ site here.