Former Michigan State University forward Mike York will be inducted into the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame this fall, the eighth former Spartan hockey player ever to be so honored, according to msuspartans.com.
A native of Waterford, Mich. and a four-year letter-winner in East Lansing from 1995 to 1999, York made his NCAA debut at age 17 after playing junior “A” hockey with Thornhill (Ont.) He tallied 79 goals and 122 assists for 201 points in 158 total outings as a Spartan, and finished his career by leading MSU to the 1999 NCAA Frozen Four in Anaheim after three previous appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
His best college campaign came in 1997-98 when he collected a career-high 27-34—61 points in 40 games and guided the Green and White to both the Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season and tournament titles. A two-time First Team All-America selection, he was also honored as CCHA Player of the Year, CCHA Best Defensive Forward, and MSU Team MVP as a senior.
York, who has spent the last five seasons playing professionally in Germany, was drafted in the sixth round (136th overall) by the New York Rangers following his sophomore season at MSU. He later registered 127-195—322 points in 579 career NHL regular-season contests with the Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Bluejackets from 1999 to 2009.
York has skated with Iserlohn in Germany the last four seasons, and also played with the club during the 2004-05 NHL lockout when he notched a professional career-high 62 points in 52 games. He also put up 103 points in 123 career AHL games with Hartford, Syracuse and Rochester, and earned a silver medal with the U.S. squad at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.