Former National Hockey League veteran and collegiate All-America skater Mike York enters his third year as an assistant coach at Lake Superior State in 2019-20.
York joined the Lakers' program in July 2017 after returning to his alma mater Michigan State in a student assistant coaching capacity in 2016 to complete his degree requirements.
"I'm extremely excited to join the coaching staff at Lake Superior State," said York. "The Laker program has always had a great tradition. The players, the campus, and the Sault Ste. Marie community are passionate about hockey."
"We're thrilled to have Mike York on our coaching staff," said LSSU head coach Damon Whitten, who was a teammate of York's for two seasons (1997-99) at Michigan State. "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, I'm always striving to provide our program's student-athletes with the best resources and any edge which helps them grow."
York, who was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Rangers in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, played 10 seasons in the NHL amassing 332 career points on 127 goals and 195 points in 579 games. York skated three seasons (1999-02) for the New York Rangers, three (2001-04) with the Edmonton Oilers, two (2005-06) for the New York Islanders, one (2006-07) with the Philadelphia Flyers, one (2007-08) with the Phoenix Coyotes, and one (2008-09) for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
York was named to the 1999-00 NHL All-Rookie team after scoring 50 points with 26 goals and 24 assists in 82 outings for the Rangers. He received a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, skating for Team USA and also played in the 2002 NHL All-Star Game as a member of the North American team. York's most productive season in the NHL occurred in his final season (2001-02) with the New York Rangers in which he tallied 57 points on 18 goals with 39 assists in 69 appearances. York recorded at least 50 points in a single season four times during his NHL career.
A native of Waterford, Mich., York played in Germany for the Iserlohn Roosters in 2004-05 and eventually would finished his playing career with Iserlohn, spending his final five (2011-16) seasons there. He was bestowed with the honor of having his jersey number 78 retired by the organization.
Prior to his 17-year professional career, York was a two-time (1997-99) first-team All-America selection, a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist, and the 1999 Central Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year during his four seasons (1995-99) at Michigan State under head coach Ron Mason. He garnered CCHA All-Rookie Team accolades as a freshman in 1995-96 before achieving honorable menton All-CCHA laurels in his 1996-97 sophomore year. York helped guide the Spartans to both the 1998 CCHA regular-season and tournament championship titles in 1997-98 by scoring a career single-season best 61 points on 27 goals and 34 assists. His final season (1998-99) season in a Spartans' jersey featured a 54-points output (22-32--54) as MSU not only won the CCHA regular-season crown for the second straight season, but advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four. For his efforts, he also was tabbed the CCHA's Best Defensive Forward and MSU's Most Valuable Player to go along with his CCHA Player of the Year Award. York, who ranks 12th among MSU's all-time scoring leaders with 210 career points (79-122--210) in 158 games, became the eighth Spartan men's ice hockey student-athlete to be inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame by virtue of his 2015 induction. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from MSU in 2017.
The son of Robert and Deanna York, York is 1995 graduated from Lutheran High School Northwest in Rochester Hills, Mich.
York resides in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., with his wife, Aimee (Cousino), daughter Ivy and son Connor. His interests include golf and fishing. He holds membership in the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).