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Matthew Ford
#55

Position: RW
Date of Birth: 10/09/1984
Height: 6' 1"   Weight: 207 lbs
Shoots: R
Birthplace: West Hills, California
Drafted: Chicago's 16th choice, 256th overall, in 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Last Amateur Team: 2007-08 University of Wisconsin (WCHA)

Biography:

 
 
 
 

Assistant captain…First season as a Griffin…Ninth year pro…Signed to a two-year contract, 7/12/16.

2015-16: In 64 games with Bakersfield, led the Condors in goals (27) and points (27-24—51)…Set a career high in goals…Ranked among the AHL leaders, tying for sixth in goals and second in power play goals (12)…Totaled 12 multi-point games...Notched a two-goal game, 10/17/15 vs. SJ…Netted the game-winner, 11/8/15 at SJ…Accumulated 11 points during a seven-game point streak (6-5—11), 12/16/15-1/3/16…Recorded a season high three-point game behind a goal and two assists, 12/27/15 vs. SD…Matched his season high point total a game later with two goals and an assist, 1/2/16 vs. SJ…Logged another seven-game point streak (4-7—11), 1/29/16-2/12/16…Scored the game-winner, 2/23/16 vs. SA...Recorded a goal in three straight contests (3-1—4), 3/12/16-3/19/16…Closed the season on a three-game point streak (1-3—4), 4/12/16-4/16/16. 2014-15: In 69 games with the Oklahoma City Barons, ranked among the team leaders with 53 points (T2nd), 19 goals (T3rd), 34 assists (1st), seven power play goals (4th) and 13 power play assists (4th)…Placed among the team’s playoff leaders with nine points (2nd), two goals (T6th), seven assists (T1st) and a plus-two rating (2nd)…Recognized as Oklahoma City’s AHL Man of the Year for his community involvement…Played the season’s first 22 games under coach Todd Nelson, prior to Nelson being named interim head coach of the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 15…Logged 10 multi-point games…Scored the game-winner and added an assist, 10/25/14 at TEX…Recorded a three-game assist streak (0-3—3), 11/1/14-11/8/14…Accounted for six points (4-2—6) during a five-game point streak, 11/18/14-11/29/14…Potted a pair of goals, 12/13/14 vs. GR…Scored two goals and added an assist, 1/3/15 at LE…Notched a five-game point streak and tallied at least one assist in each contest (2-6—8), 1/17/15-1/30/15…Contributed two goals, including one shorthanded, on four shots, 3/10/15 vs. MIL…Passed out a season-high three assists, 3/15/15 vs. CHA…Matched a career-high with four points on a goal and three assists, 4/11/15 at CHI…Scored at least one point in the first seven games to open the postseason (2-7—9), 4/23/15-5/13/15. 2013-14: Skated in a team-high 73 games with the Barons and ranked among the team leaders with 25 goals (1st), 47 points (4th), 22 assists (6th) and 12 power play goals (1st)…Played under coach Todd Nelson…Logged a three-game point streak and scored a goal in each contest (3-1—4), 10/23/13-10/26/13…Contributed two of OKC’s three goals, 11/30/13 vs. SA…Dished out an assist in three consecutive games (0-3—3), 2/14/14-2/21/14…Scored twice and added two assists to match a career-high point total, 2/28/14 vs. RFD…Registered a career-high five-game goal streak while accumulating seven points (5-2—7) during a five-game point streak, 3/15/14-3/29/14…Responsible for both of OKC’s goals, 4/11/14 at ABB. 2012-13: Accumulated 24 points (9-15—24) in 53 games split the season between the Adirondack Phantoms and the Springfield Falcons…In 35 games with the Phantoms, registered 13 points (4-9—13) and 16 PIM before playing in 18 games for the Falcons and totaling 11 points (5-6—11) and 14 PIM…Appeared in four postseason games with Springfield and recorded eight PIM…Scored his first goal of the season, 12/22/12 at BRI…Tallied a goal and an assist, 1/11/13 at BNG…Picked up a pair of assists, 1/19/13 at WOR…Recorded a season-high three points behind a goal and two assists, 3/28/13 vs. BRI…Recorded two three-game point streaks in the last month of the season, 4/5/13-4/7/13 and 4/14/13-4/19/14. 2011-12: Totaled 59 points (29-30—59) and 78 PIM in 70 games split between the Hershey Bears and the Adirondack Phantoms…Picked up 28 points (10-18—28) and 47 PIM in 39 games with Hershey and 31 points (19-12—31) and 31 PIM in 31 games with Adirondack…Ranked second in the AHL with nine game-winning goals…Registered a total of 16 multi-point games…Picked up a goal and an assist in the second game of the season, 10/8/11 at WBS…Contributed a goal and two assists, 12/3/11 vs. POR…Tallied 10 points (4-6—10) during a five-game point streak, 12/16/11-12/27/11…Scored twice, including the game-winner, 2/17/12 vs. MCH…Netted two goals, including the game-winner, 2/19/12 at MCH…Tallied the game-winning marker in overtime, 3/3/12 at ALB…Recorded two goals, including the game-winner and chipped in an assist, 3/25/12 vs. BNG…Scored his first career hat trick and added an assist to set a career-high point total of four, 4/7/12 at ALB. 2010-11: Skated in a career-high 76 games with the Lake Erie Monsters…Ranked among the team leaders with 42 points (3rd), 26 goals (1st), six power play goals (T2nd), six game-winning goals (1st) and 193 shots (1st)…Put away the game-winning goal and an assist in the season opener, 10/8/10 vs. SYR…Netted the game-winner and chipped in an assist, 10/24/10 at HOU…Potted a pair of goals on three shots, 11/23/10 at CHI…Logged a three-game goal streak (3-0—3), 12/3/10-12/7/10…Accounted for five points (2-3—5) during a five-game point streak, 12/26/10-1/4/11…Enjoyed a three-point night behind two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist, 2/16/11 vs. TEX…Scored a power play goal and the game-winner, 3/4/11 vs. RFD…Closed the regular season on a four-game point streak (4-2—6), 4/6/11-4/10/11. 2009-10: Appeared in only 45 games with the Lake Erie Monsters, but still ranked among the team leaders with 27 points (10th) and 13 goals (T8th)…Contributed two points (0-2—2) and 6 PIM in three games with the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers…Scored a goal in his first appearance of the season, 10/30/09 vs. PEO…Followed that effort up with a two-point game (1-1—2) the following night, 10/31/09…Picked up two assists and a plus-three rating, 12/1/09 vs. GR…Registered a point in four straight contests (1-3—4), 12/31/09-1/5/10…Notched two goals, his first AHL multi-goal game, 1/13/10 at HAM…Accounted for seven points (5-3—8) during a six-game point streak, 1/29/10- 2/6/10…Scored the game-winner, 2/19/10 at SYR. 2008-09: Played for three teams during his first professional season…Skated in 28 games with the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers and totaled 38 points (21-17—38) and 25 PIM in 28 games…Appeared in 25 games with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack and contributed three points (1-2—3) and 10 PIM…Also played in five games with the Lake Erie Monsters and recorded two PIM…Scored two goals in his professional debut with Charlotte, 10/18/08 at FLA…Registered a point in his first five games to start the ECHL season (6-3—9), 10/18/08-10/31/08…Made his AHL debut as a member of the Wolf Pack, 11/7/08 vs. WOR…Scored his first AHL goal, 11/22/08 at POR…Upon return to the ECHL, scored at least a point in six straight games (6-3—9), 12/9/08-12/19/08…Logged 10 points (3-7—10) during a second six-game point streak, 1/3/09-1/16/09...Appeared in six Kelly Cup Playoff games with Charlotte and contributed five points (2-3—5) and 21 PIM. 2007-08: In his senior season at Wisconsin (WCHA), totaled nine points (4-5—9) and 30 PIM in 33 games…Named to the WCHA All-Academic Team…Scored the game-winning goal, 1/18/08 at Alaska Anchorage. 2006-07: As a junior, tied for eighth on the Badgers with 13 points (7-6—13) in 39 games…Thirteen points tied for the most among juniors on the team…Tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals…Netted a season-high three assists in the season opener, 10/6/06 vs. Northern Michigan…Picked up a goal and an assist, 1/6/07 at Denver. 2005-06: Scored seven points (5-2—7) in 31 games and helped Wisconsin capture the NCAA National Championship…Named to the WCHA All-Academic Team…Scored his first goal of the season, 11/4/05 at North Daktoa. 2004-05: As a freshman at Wisconsin, totaled 10 points (5-5—10) and 18 PIM in 21 games…Finished as the third-highest scoring freshman on the team…Scored his first collegiate goal, 12/4/04 vs. Minnesota-Duluth…Tallied two goals and an assist, 1/1/05 vs. Ferris State…Recorded three assists (0-3—3) during a two-game sweep at St. Cloud State, 1/7/05 and 1/8/05. 2003-04: In 60 games with the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL), ranked among the league leaders with 37 goals (T1st), 68 points (3rd)…Also led the Stampede with 192 shots while ranking second with 31 assists…Scored 15 points (10-5—15) during a seven-game point streak, 2/27/04-3/12/04.

Personal: Lives in Chicago…Married his wife Cassie, who works in real estate finance, in 2012…Has a son Bennett…Has a golden retriever named Cam…Earned a bachelor of science in consumer science and consumer affairs from the University of Wisconsin…Best friend in hockey is Brian Sallido…Greatest hockey memory is winning the 2006 NCAA National Championship with Wisconsin…Member of Shattuck St. Mary’s 2003 Midget AAA championship team…Started playing hockey at the age of five as a defenseman…Hockey idol as a youth was Adam Oates…Chose his jersey number because that’s the number he wore as a kid…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his dad because they share a passion for the game…Plans to stay in hockey after his playing career ends…Worked part-time at a machine shop for his first job…Greatest obstacle he’s overcome is coming back from neck surgery…Proudest accomplishment is being a dad…Favorite charity is Angels Way and his mom frequently donates time there…A unique thing he’s done was to visit his girlfriend (now wife) in Italy for two weeks…Also played baseball growing up…An interesting fact about him is that he’s played in nine AHL cities…Favorite foods are barbecue and Mexican…Favorite movie is Remember the Titans…Favorite television shows are Modern Family, Ballers and House of Cards…Favorite website is Reddit…Favorite author is John Grisham…Favorite place to vacation is anywhere on a beach…Favorite sports teams are the Wisconsin Badgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers…Least favorite sports teams are the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the San Francisco Giants…Favorite sport to spectate besides hockey is baseball and the Olympics.

 
AHL CAREER HIGHS
Games Played: 76, 2010-11 Assist Streak: 5, twice (MR: 1/29/16-2/9/16)
Goals: 27, 2015-16 Point Streak: 7, twice (MR: 1/29/16-2/12/16)
Assists: 34, 2014-15 Goals, Game: 3, 4/7/12 ADK at ALB
Points: 53, 2014-15 Assists, Game: 3, twice (MR: 4/11/15 OKC at CHI)
PIM: 71, 2013-14 Points, Game: 4, three times (MR: 4/11/15 OKC at CHI)
Goal Streak: 5, 3/15/14-3/29/14 PIM, Game: 17, twice (MR: 1/24/14 OKC at CHA)
FIRSTS
AHL Game: 11/7/08 HFD vs. WOR NHL Game: N/A                                                    
AHL Point: 11/22/08 HFD at POR (goal) NHL Point: N/A
AHL Goal: 11/22/08 HFD at POR (Adam Dennis) NHL Goal: N/A
 

Career Stats

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2003-04 Sioux Falls 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 Charlotte ECHL 28 21 17 38 25 6 2 3 5 21
  Hartford AHL 25 1 2 3 10 -- -- -- -- --
  Lake Erie AHL 5 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Charlotte ECHL 3 0 2 2 6 -- -- -- -- --
  Lake Erie AHL 45 13 14 27 28 -- -- -- -- --
2010-11 Lake Erie AHL 76 26 16 42 46 7 3 1 4 8
2011-12 Hershey AHL 39 10 18 28 47 -- -- -- -- --
  Adirondack AHL 31 19 12 31 31 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 Adirondack AHL 35 4 9 13 16 -- -- -- -- --
  Springfield AHL 18 5 6 11 14 4 0 0 0 8
2013-14 Oklahoma City AHL 73 25 22 47 71 -- -- -- -- --
2014-15 Oklahoma City AHL 69 19 34 53 34 10 2 7 9 8
2015-16 Bakersfield AHL 64 27 24 51 60 -- -- -- -- --
  AHL TOTALS 480  149 157 306 359 21 5 8 13 24
  PRO TOTALS 511 170 176 346 390 27 7 11 18 45

Goalies

# Name POS
31 Jared Coreau G
40 Eddie Pasquale G

Defensemen

# Name POS
2 Joe Hicketts D
4 Nathan Paetsch D
13 Filip Hronek D
18 Brian Lashoff D
20 Dan Renouf D
44 Conor Allen D
52 Dylan McIlrath D

Forwards

# Name POS
10 Ben Street C
11 Daniel Cleary LW
15 Mitch Callahan RW
21 Mike Borkowski C
23 Dominic Turgeon C
26 Eric Tangradi LW
27 Martin Frk RW
28 Matt Lorito LW
29 Dylan Sadowy RW
39 Tyler Bertuzzi LW
42 Dominik Shine F
43 Givani Smith RW
45 Colin Campbell RW
51 Kyle Criscuolo C
55 Matthew Ford RW
77 Evgeny Svechnikov RW

Detroit Red Wings

# Name POS
5 Robbie Russo D
19 Tomas Nosek C