Horton Joins UMass Hockey Incoming Class For 2014-15
June 3, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Jake Horton, a 5-11, 190-pound, defenseman, has joined UMass hockey's Class of 2018, head coach John Micheletto announced on Tuesday. Horton comes to Amherst after spending the past two seasons with the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), where he was a teammate of fellow Minutemen classmate Henry Dill.
"Last season Horton was second among all NAHL defensemen in point scoring and we're looking forward to having both his leadership as well as his offensive point production in our lineup in the future," said Micheletto.
Horton appeared in 117 games for Aberdeen from 2012-14 and totaled 76 points on 32 goals and 44 assists. Serving as team captain this past season, Horton amassed 46 points and led all NAHL defensemen in goals scored with 21 en route to All-NAHL First Team and All-NAHL Central First team honors. He was selected to the 2014 NAHL Top Prospects tournament, as well and helped Team Central to a pair of victories.
In his first year in Aberdeen, Horton was named to the NAHL All-Rookie second team after logging 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in 57 games in 2012-13.
Prior to his two seasons of junior hockey, Horton enjoyed an accomplished high school hockey career at Benilde-St. Margaret's from 2009-12. In 85 games (regular and postseason) with the Red Knights, he registered 123 points on 42 goals and 81 assists, including 29 power-play tallies and four shorthanded goals.
Horton co-captained Benilde-St. Margaret's to a State AA title in 2011-12 and received all-conference and Pioneer Press All-Metro honorable mention recognition.
In 2010-11, he became the first defenseman in school history to score 20 goals in a season and led the team with 14 power-play goals and 32 blocked shots to capture honorable mention all-state accolades from both the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune as well as an all-conference nod. Horton was an honorable mention all-conference pick and co-winner of team's Best Defenseman Award in his first season with the Red Knights in 2009-10. He was twice selected to attend USA Hockey Select Festivals in 2010 and 2011.
Horton also played soccer at Benilde-St. Margaret's and served as team captain in 2011. He led the squad to a 2011 Class A state title, scoring goals in all three games of the state tournament to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
The Plymouth, Minn., native was a National Honor Society and high honor roll member at Benilde-St. Margaret's and received the 2011-12 All-Star Sports Academic Award. He is the son of Jim and Kim Horton.