Stefishen re-signs with Jackals

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

Stefishen, 24, re-signs with the Jackals following a successful rookie campaign in Elmira. In 58 games with the Jackals, the North Vancouver, British Columbia native finished tied for first on the team with six power-play goals, tied for second with 16 goals and 24 assists as well as ranking third on the club with 40 points. Stefishen also earned two AHL call-ups in his first year as a pro. He joined the Adirondack Flames and skated in six games at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. The 6-foot-1 200-pound forward also appeared in four games with the Texas Stars and tallied his first career AHL point with an assist on Dec. 20 at Toronto.

Prior to turning pro, Stefishen played three seasons in the CIS with the University of Calgary. In his last season with the Dinos, he served as an alternate captain and led the team with 25 assists in addition to finishing the year tied for second on the team with 32 points in 26 games. In 79 CIS games, Stefishen notched 24 goals and 53 assists. Before attending the University of Calgary, he played one season in the Western Hockey League with the Prince George Cougars and recorded 67 points (24g-43a) in 68 games. Stefishen also skated at Ohio State University for the previous two seasons (2008-10), logging 21 points (8g-13a) in 42 games. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.