55 Matthew Ford
|Season||GP||Goals||Assists||Points||+/-||PIM||PPG||SHG||GWG||SOG||SOA||SO %||SH||SH %|
|2019-20 Regular Season||49||10||16||26||-7||31||0.53||1||3||0||0||0.0||101||9.9|
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Fourth season as a Griffin…12th year pro…Signed to a two-year contract, 7/12/16…Re-signed to a two-year contract, 6/26/18.
Career Highlights: Appeared in 664 AHL games and totaled 403 points entering 2019-20…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.
2018-19: In his second season as captain of the Griffins, recorded 24 points (11-13—24) and 49 PIM in 61 appearances…Missed the regular season’s final five games and all five Calder Cup Playoff games due to injury…Ranked among the team’s leaders with 24 points (T9th), 11 goals (8th) and 110 shots (9th)…Finished with 11 goals to mark the sixth consecutive season in which he’s reached a double-digit total…Posted a season-high two points on four occasions (10/12/18 vs. HER, 10/27/18 at BEL, 12/15/18 vs. MIL, 3/9/19 at MIL)…Scored the team’s first goal of the season, and the first under head coach Ben Simon, while on a 5-on-3 power play during a season-opening 3-1 loss at Texas, 10/5/18…Assisted on rookie Givani Smith’s first AHL goal to mark his 200th AHL assist, 12/7/18 at RFD…Recorded a season-high three-game point and assist streak, 1/16/19-1/19/19…Scored the game-winning goal, which was also his 400th career AHL point, in a 4-0 victory, 3/9/19 at MIL…Skated in his 650th career AHL game, 2/9/19 vs. WBS.
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 offseason…Married his wife Cassie, who works in real estate finance, in 2012…Has a son Bennett and another one on the way…Earned a degree in consumer science and consumer affairs from the University of Wisconsin…Best friend in hockey is Brian Sallido…Actor Harrison Ford is his second cousin…Greatest hockey memories are the 2017 Calder Cup with Grand Rapids, the 2006 NCAA Championship with Wisconsin and the 2003 Midget AAA championship with Shattuck St. Mary’s…Started playing hockey at the age of four and his first position was on defense…Hockey nickname is Fordo…Hockey idol as a youth was Mike Knuble…Chose his jersey number because he wore it as a kid…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his parents because of the sacrifices they made…Plans to stay in hockey after his playing career…First job was working as a machine shop mechanic…Greatest obstacle he’s had to overcome is injuries…Proudest achievement is his family…Favorite charity is Angels Way…Most exciting places he’s visited are Florence and Cinque Terre, Italy…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would trade places with his dog…Also played baseball and lacrosse growing up…Most famous non-hockey person he’s met is Jaw Med with ZZ Top…Favorite foods are barbecue and Mexican…Favorite movie is A Star is Born…Favorite television show is Lost…Favorite website is Reddit.com…Favorite author is John Grisham…Favorite vacation spot is Turks and Caicos…Favorite teams are the Wisconsin Badgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
|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||-||-||-||-||-|
|2018-19||Grand Rapids||AHL||61||11||13||24||49||DNP (injured)|
AHL Career Highs
- 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)
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