Press Release via Orlando Solar Bears:
Orlando, FL – The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced that goaltender Rob Madore has agreed to a two-way AHL/ECHL contract with the Toronto Marlies. Madore was named the ECHL Playoff MVP in 2014 after guiding the Cincinnati Cyclones to the Rob MadoreKelly Cup Finals before falling to the Alaska Aces in six games.
Madore (5-11, 188 lbs.) has appeared in 117 regular season games in his ECHL career with Cincinnati, Florida, Evansville, and Chicago, posting a 52-46-15 record with a 2.79 GAA, a .907 save percentage, and six shutouts. He has played 17 games in the AHL with the Charlotte Checkers and San Antonio Rampage, going 6-7-1 with a 2.32 GAA, .933 save percentage, and two shutouts. During the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs, Madore went 14-10 with a .930 save percentage and 2.29 GAA, including helping the Cyclones defeat the Solar Bears in the first round.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Madore played four seasons (2008-12) for the University of Vermont (NCAA). He ended his collegiate career second in school history (behind Tim Thomas) with 3,352 and third in games played (behind Thomas and Joe Fallon) with 127.
“Rob Madore is the exact type of player we want in the this organization,” said Head Coach Anthony Noreen. “He is an elite goaltender that competes every day and will provide leadership for our group on and off the ice.”
The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.
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As you can tell by the press release, Madore should be expected to join the Marlies ECHL affiliate the Orlando Solar Bears later this fall. Madore was the Milwaukee Admirals ECHL goaltender last season, was called up to back up a few times, but spent the almost all of last season with the Cincinnati Cyclones. When the Admirals signed Brandon Whitney to fill their ECHL goaltending role it effectively ended Madore’s two-year run in Cincinnati – where he won the 2014 Kelly Cup MVP despite coming on the losing end of that year’s finals to the Alaska Aces.