55 Matthew Ford
Captain...Third season as a Griffin…11th year pro…Signed to a two-year contract, 7/12/16…Re-signed to a two-year contract, 6/26/18.
Career Highlights: 2017 Calder Cup champion with Grand Rapids…Has tallied 20 or more goals in an AHL season five times…Set career highs in points (59) and goals (29) in 2011-12 while splitting the season between Hershey and Adirondack…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.
2017-18: As captain of the Griffins, totaled 38 points (22-16—38) and 42 PIM in 72 games…Led the team with 12 power play goals and a 0.148 shooting percentage while ranking among the team’s leaders in goals (4th), assists (T10th), points (6th)…12 power play goals tied a career high, tied for fifth in the AHL and tied for seventh on the franchise’s single-season list…Tied for fourth on the club in power play point production (12-6—18) as the Griffins finished fourth in the league in power play efficiency at 20.3%…Played in all five Calder Cup Playoff games and ranked second on the team in point production (2-3—5) while tying for second in both goals and assists…Recorded his 200th and 201st career assists as a pro, 11/8/17 vs. SA…Tallied a season-high three points (2-1—3), 12/15/17 vs. CHI…Tied a career high with a five-game goal streak, 12/15/17-12/29/17, as part of a season-high six-game point streak, 12/13/17-12/29/17…Scored a goal to mark his 400th career point as a pro, 12/22/17 at IA…Played in his 600th pro game, 1/13/18 vs. CLE…Scored his 200th goal as a pro, 1/19/18 at MIL…Played in his 100th game as a Griffin, 2/15/18 at MB…Appeared in his 600th career AHL game, 4/6/18 at TUC.
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…Played in his 500th career AHL game, 1/21/17 GR vs. CLE…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 games 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.
2015-16: In 64 games with Bakersfield, led the Condors in goals (27) and points (27-24—51)…Ranked among the AHL’s leaders in goals (T6th) and power play goals (12, 2nd)…Totaled 12 multi-point games...Accumulated 11 points (6-5—11) during a career-high seven-game point streak, 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 career-high seven-game point streak (4-7—11), 1/29/16-2/12/16…Recorded a goal in three straight contests (3-1—4), 3/12/16-3/19/16.
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) in 10 games played…Recognized as Oklahoma City’s AHL Man of the Year for his community involvement…Logged 10 multi-point games…Accounted for six points (4-2—6) during a five-game point streak, 11/18/14-11/29/14…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…Passed out a career-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, 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)…12 power play goals tied for ninth in the AHL…Logged a three-game point streak and scored a goal in each contest (3-1—4), 10/23/13-10/26/13…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, 3/15/14-3/29/14.
2012-13: Accumulated 24 points (9-15—24) in 53 games while splitting 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…Recorded a season-high three points behind a goal and two assists, 3/28/13 vs. BRI.
2011-12: Totaled 59 points (29-30—59) and 78 PIM in 70 games split between the Hershey Bears and the Adirondack Phantoms…Established career highs in goals and points…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…In the AHL, ranked second with nine game-winning goals and tied for 11th in overall goals…Registered a total of 16 multi-point games…Tallied 10 points (4-6—10) during a five-game point streak, 12/16/11-12/27/11…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 and led the team with 26 goals…Ranked among the team leaders with 42 points (3rd), six power play goals (T2nd), six game-winning goals (1st) and 193 shots (1st)…Six game-winning goals tied for sixth in the AHL…In seven playoff games, tied for third on the team in points (3-1—4) while tying for the team lead in goals…Put away the game-winning goal and an assist in the season opener, 10/8/10 vs. SYR…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…Closed the regular season on a four-game point streak, 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…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 eight points (5-3—8) during a six-game point streak, 1/29/10- 2/6/10.
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 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.
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.
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 Dakota.
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) and 68 points (3rd) while being named the league’s Rookie of the Year.
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 Retriever named Cam…Earned a degree in consumer science and consumer affairs from the University of Wisconsin…Best friend in hockey is Brian Sallido…Greatest hockey memories are the 2017 Calder Cup with Grand Rapids and the 2006 NCAA Championship with Wisconsin…Also was a part of Shattuck St. Mary’s 2003 Midget AAA championship…Started playing hockey at the age of four or five…First position was defense but he wanted to play goalie…Hockey nicknames are Fordo, Fordy, Chevy and Todd Jr….Hockey idols as a youth were Adam Oates, Richard Park and Noah Clarke…Chose his jersey number because it was his first number as a kid…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his dad who played semi pro and he grew up wanting to be him…Plans to stay in hockey after his playing career…First job was working as a machine shop mechanic…Greatest obstacles he’s overcome are injuries and earning his way into a career after coming from the ECHL…Proudest achievement is being a dad…Favorite charity is Angel’s Way…Most exciting thing he’s done is visit Florence with his now wife…Also visited Turks and Caicos on a vacation of a lifetime…An interesting fact about him is he’s called 12 different states home to play hockey between pro and amateur…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would be a dog walker…Also played baseball, lacrosse and street hockey growing up…Owns the Matt Ford Hockey School…Favorite quote is “never stop fighting until the fight is done” by Elliot Ness…Favorite foods are donuts and cookies…Listens to all types of music…Favorite movie is Remember the Titans…Favorite television show is The Bachelor…Favorite website is Instagram…Enjoys reading John Grisham books…Favorite vacation spot is Turks and Caicos…Favorite teams are the Griffins, Los Angeles Dodger and Wisconsin Badgers…Least favorite teams are the San Francisco Giants and the Minnesota Golden Gophers…Favorite sport to watch live is baseball.
|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||-||-||-||-||-|
- Games Played 76, 2010-11
- Goals 29, 2011-12
- Assists 34, 2014-15
- Points 59, 2011-12
- PIM 78, 2011-12
- Goal Streak 5, twice (MR: 12/15/17-12/29/17)
- Assist Streak 5, twice (MR: 1/29/16-2/9/16)
- Point Streak 7, twice (MR: 1/29/16-2/9/16)
- Goals, Game 3, 4/7/12 ADK at ALB
- Assists, Game 3, three times (MR: 2/15/17 GR vs. MB)
- Points, Game 4, three times (MR: 4/11/15 OKC at CHI)
- PIM, Game 17, twice (MR: 1/24/14 OKC at CHA)
- AHL Game 11/7/08 HFD at WOR
- AHL Point 11/22/08 HFD at POR (goal)
- AHL Goal 11/22/08 HFD at POR (Adam Dennis)
Catching Up With The Captain
Before hopping on a bus for the Griffins’ first-ever trip to Belleville this weekend, second-year captain Matthew Ford spent some time catching up on a number of topics.