Marto, Hale To Europe

A pair of former UND defensemen are headed to Europe next season.

Jake Marto will be playing for Sodertalje in the Swedish League, while David Hale will be going to play for Eppan in the Italian League.

Marto split time between the St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) and the Colorado Eagles (ECHL) of the Winnipeg Jets organization during the last two seasons.

Hale, meanwhile, took the last two years off to finish his degree at UND. He played seven seasons in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators. His move to the Italian League was reported by Midco’s Katie O’Keefe-Hale, David’s sister-in-law.