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RMU’s Francis Marotte to train with Stanley Cup champs

Francis Marotte plays in an exhibition game for Robert Morris in 2016. -- BRIAN MITCHELL

Robert Morris goaltender Francis Marotte will take part in prospect development camp with the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, the team announced on Monday.

Marotte, 23, is entering his junior season with the Colonials. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound native of Longueuil, Quebec, played in 38 of 41 games for Robert Morris during the 2017-18 season. He posted a .917 save percentage and a 2.56 goals-against average as a sophomore. 

After two seasons, Marotte owns the top spot in program history with a 2.35 career goals-against average and is second with a .923 save percentage.

Though his 2017-18 numbers were down slightly from his freshman year, it was enough for him to be invited to an NHL camp for the second straight summer. After his freshman season, Marotte took part in development camp with the Vancouver Canucks.

Attending development camp has no bearing on his NHL rights. Having been passed over in the draft three times, Marotte is free to sign with any NHL team whenever he’d like.

Marotte will be joined in net at Capitals camp by Penn State goaltender Peyton Jones, 2015 first-round pick Ilya Samsonov, 2018 fourth-round pick Mitchell Gibson and Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender Logan Thompson.

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