Jackals re-sign defenseman Zach Tolkinen

ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and the AHL’s Rochester Americans, announced that the club has re-signed defenseman Zach Tolkinen for the 2015-16 season.

Tolkinen, 25, returns to Elmira for his second professional season following a successful rookie campaign in which he was the only member of the team to appear in all 72 regular-season games. Tolkinen ranked second among the club’s defensemen with five goals and finished third with 19 points. The Lino Lakes, Minn. native was also the only Jackals defenseman to record at least one power-play goal and one shorthanded goal.

The 6-foot-3 190-pound defenseman spent the previous four seasons at Quinnipiac University and recorded 47 points (9g-38a) as well as 151 penalty minutes in 135 NCAA games. Prior to attending Quinnipiac, Tolkinen played for the Owatonna Express and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League, notching 42 points (12g-30a) and 171 penalty minutes in 93 NAHL games.