Matthew Ford (ice hockey)
October 9, 1984|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)|
Grand Rapids Griffins|
Hartford Wolf Pack
Lake Erie Monsters
Oklahoma City Barons
256th overall, 2004|
Ford started his amateur career playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League in the 2003–04 season. In 60 games, Ford posted an impressive 37 goals and 68 points to lead the Stampede and was consequently drafted in the eighth round, 256th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Ford then opted to continue his amateur career by enrolling to play collegiate hockey with the University of Wisconsin of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association the following season. Used as a role player within the Badgers, Ford never totaled more than 13 points in each of his four seasons, but helped Wisconsin win the National Championship as a sophomore in 2006.
Upon completion of his college career, and unsigned from the Blackhawks, Ford made his professional debut in the 2008–09 season with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL. He was signed to a professional try-out with AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, on November 6, 2008, before he was returned to the Checkers on December 8, 2008. Ford was selected to the American Conference team for the ECHL's All-Star game and following a three-goal, four point performance was named the All-Stars MVP on January 21. Enduring a second stint with the Wolf Pack in late January he compiled a combined 25 games, scoring one goal and two assists. On March 11, immediately after his second spell with Hartford was ended, Ford was signed to a P.T.O contract with fellow AHL team, the Lake Erie Monsters, going scoreless in five games. Ford returned to the Checkers to complete his season with 38 points in 28 regular season games and 5 points in 6 games during the playoffs.
In the 2009–10 season, Ford re-signed with the Charlotte Checkers, but played only 3 games before he was loaned back to Lake Erie on October 30, 2009. Remaining with the Monsters for the duration of the season, Ford posted 13 goals and 27 points in 45 games while also leading with a team-high Plus/Minus of +14.
Re-signed by Lake Erie prior to the 2010–11 campaign, he was invited on a try-out to participate in the Monsters NHL affiliate, the Colorado Avalanche, training camp on September 15, 2010 before returning to Cleveland to begin the season.
On July 1, 2011, Ford was signed to his first NHL contract, agreeing to a two-way one-year deal with the Washington Capitals. Assigned to the Capitals affiliate, the Hershey Bears, Ford scored 28 points in 39 games before he was traded by the Capitals to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Kevin Marshall on February 2, 2012.
Ford was re-signed to a one-year extension with the Flyers on April 4, 2012. Assigned directly to affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, in the following 2012–13 season, he suffered from injury and a lack of production to post only 4 goals in 35 games with the Phantoms. On March 12, 2013, Ford was traded by the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets for future considerations. He remained in the AHL to be immediately assigned to affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.
Released as a free agent by the Blue Jackets, Ford remained in the AHL signing a one-year contract with the Oklahoma City Barons on July 13, 2013. On July 2, 2015, Ford followed the Edmonton Oilers AHL affiliation, in signing a one-year AHL contract with the Bakersfield Condors for the 2015–16 season. Ford led the Condors with 27 goals and 51 points in 64 games.
Grand Rapids GriffinsEdit
After three seasons within the Oilers AHL affiliates, Ford left as a free agent to add a veteran presence on a two-year AHL deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins, an affiliate to the Detroit Red Wings on July 12, 2016. During the 2017–18 season, Ford served as captain for the Griffins, where he recorded 22 goals and 16 assists in 72 games, ranking fourth on the team in goals and sixth in points. On June 26, 2018, the Grand Rapids Griffins signed Ford to a two-year contract extension.
|2003–04||Sioux Falls Stampede||USHL||60||37||31||68||60||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||21||5||5||10||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||31||5||2||7||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||39||7||6||13||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||33||4||5||9||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||25||1||2||3||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||5||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||45||13||14||27||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||76||26||16||42||46||7||3||1||4||8|
|2013–14||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||73||25||22||47||71||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||69||19||34||53||34||10||2||7||9||8|
|2016–17||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||51||14||21||35||28||19||8||4||12||24|
|2017–18||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||72||22||16||38||42||5||2||3||5||10|
|2018–19||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||61||11||13||24||49||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|Rookie of the Year||2004|||
|Calder Cup (Grand Rapids Griffins)||2017|||
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- "Matthew Ford - career statistics". Hockeydb.com. 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2010-11-26.
- "2009–10 Player Rewind...Matt Ford". Lake Erie Monsters. 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- "2010-11 Avalanche training camp roster" (PDF). Colorado Avalanche. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
- "Capitals acquire Marshall from Philadelphia, Carman from Colorado". Washington Capitals. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- "Blue Jackets acquire Matthew Ford from Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Future Considerations". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- "Barons officially sign Matt Ford to AHL contract". Oklahoma City Barons. 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
- Bakersfield Condors (2015-07-02). "Condors sign Winquist and Ford to AHL deals". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
- "Griffins sign forwards Sandlak and Ford". Grand Rapids Griffins. 2016-07-12. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
- "Aye Aye, Captain". Grand Rapids Griffins. June 26, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- "USHL Rookie of the Year". USHL. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
- Wakiji, Dana (June 13, 2017). "Grand Rapids Griffins win Calder Cup at home". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved June 13, 2017.