NHL Vet Mike York Joins Lake Superior Coaching Staff
CHN Staff Report
SAULT STE. MARIE Mike York, who retired from a lengthy playing career in 2016, has joined the coaching staff at Lake Superior State.
York is an alumnus of Michigan State, where played from 1995-99 and was twice a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. He went on to play 579 NHL games before concluding his playing career in Europe.
"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," LSSU head coach Damon Whitten, also an MSU alum, said. "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.”
York, a Waterford, Mich., native, was the CCHA Player of the Year and Best Defensive Forward following the 1998-99 season. He had 79-122—201 with the Spartans and was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
York played in the NHL with the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Columbus. He totaled 127-195—322 in that time. York was a member of Team USA in the 2002 Olympics, where the Americans won silver.
"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."