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Matthew Ford
#55

Position: RW
Date of Birth: 10/09/1984
Height: 6' 1"   Weight: 210 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:
 
 
 
 

Captain...Second season as a Griffin…10th year pro…Signed to a two-year contract, 7/12/16.

Career Highlights: Won 2017 Calder Cup with Grand Rapids… Played in his 500th career AHL game, 1/21/17 GR vs. CLE…Set a career high in goals while leading Bakersfield in points and goals during the 2015-16 season…Recognized as Oklahoma City’s AHL Man of the Year for his community involvement in 2014-15…Helped University of Wisconsin win the 2006 NCAA Championship…Named the USHL Rookie of the Year in 2003-04. 


2016-17: As an alternate captain in his first season as a Griffin, finished 10th on the team in scoring with 35 points (14-21—35) in 51 games…Added 28 PIM and a plus-six rating…Scored a goal in his Griffins debut, 11/16/16 vs. TEX…Matched a career best with three assists, 2/15/17 vs. MB…Recorded a season-high four-game point streak, 2/11/17-2/18/17…Ended the regular season on a three-game goal streak, 4/9/17-4/14/17…Notched 12 points (8-4—12) in 19 postseason gameFord2016.jpgs and helped Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup…Eight postseason goals tied for third most on the team…Six power play goals led the league and tied for second most in a single postseason in franchise playoff history…Scored the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Central Division Finals, 5/3/17 at CHI. 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 during the off season…Married his wife Cassie, who works in real estate finance, in 2012…Has a son Bennett…Has a Golden Irish dog named Cam…Earned a bachelor of science in consumer science and consumer affairs from the University of Wisconsin…Best friends in hockey are Brian Sallido and Brad Hunt…Greatest hockey memories are being a part of Shattuck St. Mary’s 2003 Midget AAA championship, Wisconsin’s 2006 NCAA Championship and the 2017 Calder Cup…Started skating at the age of two and started playing hockey as a five-year-old as a defenseman…Hockey nicknames are Fordo, Fordy, Fordski and Chevy…Hockey idols as a youth were Keith Primeau and Adam Oates…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his dad…After his playing career ends, plans to spend more time with his family and hopefully stay in hockey…First job was working at a machine shop…Greatest obstacle he’s overcome is having neck surgery in 2014…Proudest accomplishment is his son…Supports Angels Way, a place both his parents volunteer with…A unique thing he’s done was to visit his girlfriend (now wife) in Florence, Italy when she studied there in college…An interesting fact about him is he’s played in nine AHL cities…Also played baseball and lacrosse growing up…Once met the drummer from Third Eye Blind, his favorite music group…Favorite quote is “whether if you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re right”…Favorite movie is Remember the Titans…Favorite television show is Lost…Favorite website is Reddit…Favorite author is John Grisham…Favorite vacation spot is somewhere on a beach…Roots for the Wisconsin Badgers, Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Dodgers…Least favorite sports teams are the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the San Francisco Giants.


 
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, three times (MR: 2/15/17 GR vs. MB)
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 -- -- -- -- --
2016-17 Grand Rapids AHL 51 14 21 35 28 19 8 4 12 24
  GRIFFINS TOTALS 51 14 21 35 28 19 8 4 12 24
  AHL TOTALS 531 163 178 341 387 40 13 12 25 48
  PRO TOTALS 562 184 197 381 418 46 15 15 30 69

 

Goalies

# Name POS
30 Tom McCollum G
31 Jared Coreau G
34 Justin Fazio G

Defensemen

# Name POS
2 Joe Hicketts D
4 Libor Sulak D
5 Robbie Russo D
9 Vili Saarijarvi D
13 Filip Hronek D
17 Marcus Crawford D
18 Brian Lashoff D
20 Dan Renouf D
44 Dennis Cholowski D
52 Dylan McIlrath D

Forwards

# Name POS
10 Ben Street C
15 Turner Elson C/LW
19 Luke Esposito C/LW
23 Dominic Turgeon C
25 Axel Holmstrom C/LW
26 Eric Tangradi LW
28 Matt Lorito LW
45 Colin Campbell RW
47 Corey Elkins C
55 Matthew Ford RW
65 Dominik Shine RW
73 Matt Puempel RW
77 Evgeny Svechnikov RW