SAULT STE. MARIE – National Hockey League and Central Collegiate Hockey Association veteran Mike York has joined the Lake Superior State hockey coaching staff, LSSU head coach Damon Whitten announced today.
We are thrilled to welcome Mike, Aimee, and Ivy to Sault Ste. Marie and to Lake Superior State University," said Whitten of his Spartan teammate for two seasons. "Mike's experience as a two-time NCAA All-American, Olympian and NHL all-star will be a tremendous asset in the development of our players. Along with his accomplishments on the ice, Mike brings a work ethic and humility that will aid us in our continued growth as a program. As a coach we are always fighting to provide our student athletes with the best resources and any edge that helps them grow. We're excited for our current and future players to have Mike bring his experiences and over 550 NHL games to Laker hockey."
York, a Waterford, Mich., native who played college hockey at Michigan State from 1995-99, was a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist, and the CCHA Player of the Year and Best Defensive Forward following the 1998-99 season. The 5-10, 182-pound center ranks 12th in MSU career scoring with 79-122—201 and was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
The 1997 sixth-round draft pick of the New York Rangers played 579 NHL games with the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Columbus. He totaled 127-195—322 during his decade in the NHL. He played his final five professional seasons with Germany's Iserlohn Roosters, who eventually retired his number. York teamed with Lakers Doug Weight and Brian Rolston, and earned a silver medal while playing for Team USA in the 2002 Olympics.
"I am extremely excited to join the coaching staff at Lake State. The Laker program has always had a great tradition," York said. "The players, the campus and Sault St. Marie community are passionate about hockey, and I am eager to get started."