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Mike York (born January 3, 1978) is an Americanmarker professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Playing career

He is versatile enough to play all three forward positions, although he has mostly played on both wings.

He was born in Waterford, Michiganmarker and played his junior hockey for Detroit Compuware, where he scored 136 goals in 1993–94. He attended Lutheran High School Northwest in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and from there went to Ontario where he played for the MTHL's Thornhill Islanders. It was there that he led the league in scoring and was named rookie of the year. His play in Ontario drew the attention of Michigan State Universitymarker where he spent four years as a member of the Spartans hockey team. He was a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist and NCAA All-American in 1998 and 1999 and CCHA Player of the Year in 1999.

He was drafted in the 6th round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. While playing for the Rangers, York was part of the "FLY" line, composed of himself, Theoren Fleury and Eric Lindros. He was named to the 1999–2000 NHL All-Rookie team, scoring 26 goals during his rookie season. York was a member of the silver medal winning Team USA in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

He was later dealt to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenceman Tom Poti, who had become a target of fans for his perceived indifference. In Edmonton, York became an integral part of the team, playing on the top two lines and also on the penalty kill, where for a time he formed a formidable duo with Todd Marchant. In the 2004–05 season he played in Germany for the Iserlohn Roosters in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. He was the second best scorer in the whole league. On August 3, 2005, York was traded from the Oilers to the New York Islanders with a conditional draft pick in exchange for Michael Peca. After a season and a half with the Islanders, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Randy Robitaille and a 5th round draft pick on December 20, 2006. He signed with the Phoenix Coyotes to a 1-year, $1 million contract in the off-season.

On July 11, 2008, he signed a contract with HC Sibir Novosibirsk. On July 25, he signed a one year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. On August 19, 2009, he signed an AHL-only contract with the Rochester Americans, allowing him to sign with any NHL team during the season.

Awards

  • 1995–96 - CCHA All-Rookie Team
  • 1997–98 - CCHA Second All-Star Team
  • 1997–98 - CCHA Tournament MVP
  • 1997–98 - NCAA West First All-American Team
  • 1998–99 - CCHA First All-Star Team
  • 1998–99 - CCHA Best Defensive Forward
  • 1998–99 - CCHA Player of the Year
  • 1998–99 - NCAA West First All-American Team
  • 1999–00 - NHL All-Rookie Team
  • 2001–02 - Played in NHL All-Star Game


Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Detroit Compuware MNHL 85 136 140 276
1994–95 Thornhill Islanders MTJHL 49 39 54 93
1995–96 Michigan State U.marker CCHA 39 12 27 39 20
1996–97 Michigan State U. CCHA 37 18 29 47 42
1997–98 Michigan State U. CCHA 40 27 34 61 38
1998–99 Michigan State U. CCHA 42 22 32 54 41
1998–99 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 3 2 2 4 0 6 3 1 4 0
1999–00 New York Rangers NHL 82 26 24 50 18
2000–01 New York Rangers NHL 79 14 17 31 20
2001–02 New York Rangers NHL 69 18 39 57 16
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 12 2 2 4 0
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 71 22 29 51 10 6 0 2 2 2
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 61 16 26 42 15
2004–05 Iserlohn DEL 52 16 46 62 77
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 75 13 39 52 30
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 32 6 7 13 14
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 34 4 4 8 8
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 63 6 8 14 4
2008–09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 75 11 47 58 30
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 579 127 195 322 135 6 0 2 2 2


International play

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International statistics

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1996 United States WJC 6 1 0 1 0
1997 United States WJC 6 5 5 10 4
1998 United States WJC 7 3 2 5 6
2002 United States OG 6 0 1 1 0
2005 United States WC 7 0 1 1 0
Junior int'l totals 19 9 7 16 10
Senior int'l totals 13 0 2 2 0

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