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York Signs One-Year Deal

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Mike York to a one-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced July 25. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

York, 30, tallied six goals and eight assists for 14 points with four penalty minutes in 63 games last season with Phoenix. In eight NHL seasons, he has collected 127-195-322 and 135 penalty minutes in 578 career games with the New York Rangers, Edmonton, New York Islanders, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

The Rangers’ seventh pick, 136th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, York registered 26-24-50 and 18 penalty minutes, while being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1999-2000. Two years later, he combined to score a career-high 20-41-61 with 16 penalty minutes in 81 games for the Rangers and Oilers, as well as being selected to play for North America in the 2002 All-Star Game.

He spent the next two seasons with Edmonton and totaled 40-57-97, 25 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +9 in 144 games. York was then traded along with Edmonton’s fourth round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft to the Islanders in exchange for Michael Peca on August 3, 2005. He notched 13-39-52 and 30 penalty minutes to lead the Islanders in assists during the 2005-06 season.

He began the 2006-07 campaign with the Islanders and had 6-7-13 and 14 penalty minutes in 32 games prior to being traded to Philadelphia. In 34 games with the Flyers, he notched 4-4-8 and eight penalty minutes. He played his 500th career game against Boston on February 19.

The Waterford, Michigan native played four seasons at Michigan State and tallied 79-122-201 and 141 penalty minutes in 158 career games. He had 22-32-54 and 41 penalty minutes in 42 games in 1998-99 en route to being named the CCHA Player of the Year. He also earned NCAA West First All-American Team honors in 1998 and 1999, CCHA First All-Star Team honors in 1999 and CCHA Second All-Star Team honors in 1998.

York has represented his country on numerous occasions, helping Team USA win the silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He also played in the 2005 World Championships and in three World Junior Championships. He won a silver medal and led the tournament in scoring with 5-5-10 in six games at the 1997 World Junior Championships.

Deposits are now being accepted for Blue Jackets season tickets for the 2008-09 season. New 10 and 20 game plans also are available starting at $240. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS..


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