The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Jacob MacDonald to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 campaign.
MacDonald, 27, has produced 42 points (16g/26a) in 56 games for the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles this season, ranking first among league defensemen in goals and fourth in points. He has totaled 164 points (58g/106a) in 238 career AHL contests with the Springfield Falcons, Albany/Binghamton Devils, Springfield Thunderbirds and Eagles. Acquired by the Avalanche in a trade with the Florida Panthers on June 28, 2019, MacDonald has appeared in two career NHL games and has recorded one point (1g/0a).
MacDonald spent most of the 2018-19 campaign with the Thunderbirds, where he led all team defensemen with 43 points (14g/29a) in 72 games. He began the season with the Florida Panthers, scoring a goal in his NHL debut in the season opener on Oct. 6 at Tampa Bay. The 6-foot, 204-pound blueliner dressed in two games with Florida (1g/0a) before joining the Thunderbirds.
A native of Portland, Oregon, MacDonald was named to the 2017-18 AHL First All-Star Team after he paced all league defensemen with 55 points and 20 goals in 75 games for the Binghamton Senators. He was also selected to represent the Senators at the AHL All-Star Classic that season.
MacDonald spent most of his first full professional campaign with the ECHL's Elmira Jackals in 2015-16, recording 37 points (17g/20a) in 72 contests and earning a spot on the ECHL All-Rookie Team. MacDonald then split the 2016-17 season between the ECHL (Toledo) and AHL (Albany) before joining Binghamton for the 2017-18 campaign. He played four seasons of college hockey for Cornell University from 2011-15, collecting 21 points (4g/17a) in 104 total outings.