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By Larry Courville, 10/18/18, 3:00PM EDT


Please welcome Mike to the Firebirds organization. Mike will be at the rink starting this Tuesday, October 23rd. 

Mike Marcou was named Royals Assistant Coach on Aug. 12, 2018, marking a return to central Pennsylvania for the former Royals Captain. The 29-year-old got his first taste of coaching experience with the P.A.L. Junior Islanders last season, serving as assistant coach. The Islanders completed the regular season with 42 points in 50 games. Marcou retired from professional hockey following the 2016-17 ECHL season, when he served as Royals Captain. 


Over three seasons patrolling Reading’s blue line, Marcou recorded 66 points, the fifth-most by a Royals defenseman in team history. He registered a career-high 35 points (6g) with the team in 2014-15. After starting the next season in Austria with the Graz 99ers, Marcou returned to the Flyers organization in Dec. 2015 and scored 19 points (4g) in 47 games. 


He played in 14 Kelly Cup Playoff games in 2016 and Reading qualified for the Eastern Conference Semifinals. During his final professional season, the native of Kings Park, NY notched 12 points (2g) in 27 games before finishing the season with the Florida Everblades. 


Marcou, played five seasons of professional hockey and led the defensemen on his team in scoring three times (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15). He spent the first two seasons of his career with Greenville and competed in six AHL games in his career. 


In 2012-13, his rookie season, Marcou topped Greenville defensemen with 25 points (6g) in 54 games and was selected to represent the Road Warriors at the 2013 ECHL All-Star Classic. In 272 ECHL games, Marcou put up 26 goals, 124 points and 93 PIM. Marcou qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of his five professional seasons.  


Prior to turning pro, Marcou played four seasons at the UMass-Amherst (2008-12). He was the team’s alternate captain in his junior and senior seasons. In his sophomore campaign, he was selected as the team’s co-Most Improved Player. In 117 collegiate games, Marcou recorded 43 points (17g) and 77 penalty minutes.


Career Highlights

- First professional coaching season

- P.A.L. Islanders Assistant Coach and Interim Head Coach (2017-18) 

- Royals Captain (2016-17).

- Made Kelly Cup Playoffs every season of career.

- Led defensemen on team in scoring three times in five professional seasons

- UMass-Amherst alternate captain (2010-11, 2011-12)

- 2012-13 ECHL All-Star (Greenville)

- Forty-Seven (47) career Kelly Cup Playoff Games and 21 with the Royals