The Winnipeg Jets have added another product of the University of North Dakota, signing former Sioux defenceman Jake Marto to a one-year contract.
According to the Grand Forks Herald, Marto has signed a minor-league deal that will see him with either the St. John’s IceCaps or the Colorado Eagles of the East Coast Hockey League. Marto told The Herald a few teams had shown interest in him, but he had chatted with Jets assistant GM Craig Heisinger during the summer. Heisinger had also watched Marto play for the Sioux several times while he was running the show for the Manitoba Moose.
"He kept me informed as the summer went along and we got something finalized a couple of weeks ago," Marto said. "I’m very excited. I was patient and let things kind of happen. I’m not sure what to expect, just taking it day-by-day. Whenever I get the opportunity, I’ve just got to jump on it and show what I can do. Hopefully, I can stay in the ‘A’.
A former North Dakota Mr. Hockey winner as the top high-school player in the state, Marto recently completed a four-year career with the Sioux. He played in 157 games, finishing with 21 goals, 41 assists and 62 points.
Earlier this summer the Jets also signed Jason Gregoire, another UND product who hails from Winnipeg. UND officially announced its 2011-12 schedule on Monday and the docket of games includes a game against Clarkson at MTS Centre on Jan. 7.