The emergence of Tyler Marble as the no. 1 goalie for the Colorado College Tigers has forced Detroit Red Wings draft pick Chase Perry to return to junior hockey with the Wenatchee Wild for the 2015-2016 season.
Marble, a 6-foot-2, 185 pound, former North American Hockey League goalie of the year from 2012-2013 while playing for the Soo Eagles, is coming off his first season at the Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association level with Colorado College.
Technically a sophomore after missing his entire freshman season of 2013-2014 following shoulder surgery, Marble put up impressive numbers at Colorado College in 2014-2015 on a last-place team.
Marble, who became the clear-cut starter ahead of Perry — a fifth-round pick of the Red Wings at the 2014 National Hockey League draft — had a record of 5-18-2 with a 3.48 goals against average and .900 save percentage for a Colorado College team that finished the 2014-2015 season with a mark of 6-26-3.
By comparison, Perry’s numbers as Marble’s backup were a 1-8-1 record, 3.97 goals against average and .880 save percentage.
With Marble returning to Colorado College for 2015-2016 and the arrival of Jacob Nehama as an incoming freshman from the United States Hockey League, Perry opted to return to the junior ranks with Wenatchee and look to transfer to another school in 2016-2017.
This marks the second time that Marble, who hails from the Detroit area, has forced a higher-profile goalie to move on.
While playing for the Soo in the NAHL in 2012-2013, Marble beat out Edmonton Oilers draft pick and University of Michigan Wolverines goalie Zach Nagelvoort for the starting job. Nagelvoort was subsequently traded to the Aberdeen Wings.