Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel has announced that the team has added three rookies to its training camp roster, which now consists of 29 names. Goaltenders Jack Astedt and Curtis Martinu, along with forward Steve Morra, have each signed a Southern Professional Hockey League training camp contract with Peoria.
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Astedt, 23, spent the last four seasons at Plymouth State College University (NCAA Div. III) in Plymouth, New Hampshire. In 81 career games, he compiled a (51-20-8) record with 10 shutouts and a 2.37 goals against average. The 6’1, 175-pound netminder also registered a .918 save percentage during his collegiate career.
A native of Angelholm, Sweden, Astedt was a two-time NCAA Div. III (MASCAC) all-star while at Plymouth State. During his junior season, he helped the Panthers win the NCAA Div. III (MASCAC) championship.
Martinu, 20, has played junior hockey in Canada for each of the past two years. Last season, he spent time with the Estevan Bruins in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, where he compiled a record of (16-29-0) and two shutouts over 46 games. The 6’4, 215-pound netminder also posted a 3.35 goals against average and a .893 save percentage during the regular season.
In 2011-12, Martinu appeared in 32 games for the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The St. Joachim, Ontario native posted a (16-11-3) record with one shutout, a 3.19 goals against average and a save percentage of .898.
Morra, 24, just completed a four-year career at Northeastern University in Boston. Over 54 games, he notched three goals and five assists along with 18 penalty minutes. While at Northeastern, Morra also skated with current Rivermen forward Garrett Vermeersch, who was signed on September 8th.
Prior to his college career, the 5’11, 190-pound forward played three seasons of junior hockey for the Boston Jr. Bruins in the Empire Junior Hockey League from 2006-2009. In 90 career games, he scored 43 goals and added 53 assists for 96 points. During that span, the Bristol, Rhode Island native received numerous awards including Team MVP and EJHL All-Star in 2007. He also led the team to victory with a pair of goals in the 2007 EJHL championship game.