September 14, 2004

Ferris State
Sr. | D | Woodhaven, Mich.

York was a CCHA All-Rookie honoree in 2002, when he scored 26 points and had a +24 plus-minus rating.


Key Statistics: Had the lowest offensive totals of his Ferris State career as a junior, scoring four goals and adding eight assists in 27 games (he missed 10 games in January and February due to an injury). In 97 games with the Bulldogs, York has scored 59 points, amassed 295 penalty minutes and compiled a plus-minus rating of +66.

What He Does: When York’s not beating you up – he’s never recorded fewer than 84 PIMs in a season and generally makes life miserable for opposing players – he can beat you with his offensive prowess. Coach Bob Daniels calls York a "free wheeler", saying they recruited him to be an offensive defenseman.

The Bigger Picture: Even though Ferris State brings back five letterwinners on defense, it’s still a callow group – outside of York, the four returnees have a combined 207 games of experience. Daniels needs York to be a workhorse this season, so he'll have to cut down on bad penalties. It’s also imperative that he return to the offensive form he displayed during his first two seasons in Big Rapids. The graduation of Simon Mangos, who scored 19 goals from the blue line over the last two seasons, leaves a void on the point of FSU’s top power-play unit.

Ferris State coach Bob Daniels on York
: “Matt is an instinct player. He has free reign to do whatever he wants based on the reads he makes. We don't try to dampen that at all. We let him do his thing.”

— Mike Eidelbes

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