The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced on Monday the team has acquired defenseman Joe Houk from the Manchester Monarchs in exchange for future considerations.
Greenville is Houk’s third ECHL team this season after starting the season with the Elmira Jackals and then joining the Manchester Monarchs in December.
Houk skated in nine games for the Monarchs without a point, no penalty minutes and nine shots on net. Prior to Manchester, the defenseman tallied a single assist over seven games with the Jackals.
Prior to turning pro, Houk spent three seasons with UMass Lowell from 2011-2014 following his transfer from Division III Hamilton College, including a redshirt year in 2011-12. In 74 games, Houk tallied four goals and 15 assists for 19 points and was a part of the River Hawks first-ever Hockey East regular season title and back-to-back Hockey East tournament titles.
While at Hamilton College, Houk notched 21 goals and 31 assists for 52 points over 51 games. Although he split his colligate career between Hamilton and UMass Lowell, Houk was coached by UMass Lowell head coach Norm Bazin at both locations. Bazin was hired as the River Hawks coach prior to the 2011-12 season, Houk’s redshirt season in Lowell.
The Swamp Rabbits play their home games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. The arena seats 13,707 for hockey contests.