Houk, MacDonald return to Elmira

ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and the AHL’s Rochester Americans, announced that defensemen Joe Houk and Jacob MacDonald have re-signed with the Jackals for the 2015-16 season.

Houk, 25, returns to Elmira for his second professional season after splitting his rookie campaign between the Jackals and the Toledo Walleye. The 6-foot 205-pound blueliner was acquired by Elmira on March 9, 2015 in exchange for forward Justin Daniels. Houk tallied six points (1g-5a) in 14 games with the Jackals in addition to seven points (1g-6a) and a +13 rating in 25 games with Toledo.

Prior to turning pro, Houk skated for two seasons at Hamilton College from 2009-11 and recorded 52 points (21g-31a) and 84 penalty minutes in 51 games. Following his second season at Hamilton College, Houk transferred to UMass-Lowell and registered 19 points (4g-15a) and 90 penalty minutes in 74 NCAA games. The Richboro, Pa. native helped lead UMass-Lowell to the 2013 Hockey East championship.

MacDonald, 22, rejoins the Jackals after skating in eight contests at the end of last season following the conclusion of his collegiate career at Cornell University. The Fernley, Nevada native recorded his first professional goal on April 11, 2015 against the Wheeling Nailers and added two assists during his first taste of professional hockey. The 6-foot 200-pound blueliner recorded 21 points (4g-17a) in 104 NCAA games. Prior to attending Cornell, MacDonald skated in 87 games with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League, posting 40 points (12g-28a).