The National Hockey League announced today that New York Rangers center Mike York has been selected to the 1999-2000 NHL All-Rookie Team.
York, 22, tied for third on the team and placed third among NHL rookies with 50 points (26 goals, 24 assists) in 82 matches this season. He ranked first on the club and led all rookies with 26 goals, becoming the first Rangers rookie to lead all NHL rookies in goals since Tony Amonte netted 35 goals during the 1991-92 campaign. York also tied for fourth on the club and placed sixth among NHL rookies with 24 assists. He was one of only two Rangers to appear in all 82 games last season.
The 5-10, 185-pound center is one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy this season and was selected as the 1999-2000 Rangers Fan Club Rookie of the Year. He became the first Rangers rookie to reach the 50-point plateau since Tony Amonte (69 points) and Sergei Nemchinov (58 points) reached the mark during the 1991-92 season. York made his NHL debut on October 1, 1999 at Edmonton and notched his first NHL goal on October 2, 1999 at Vancouver.
York has tallied 201 points (79 goals, 122 assists) in 158 career matches in four seasons at Michigan State from 1995-96 to 1998-99. He was the recipient of numerous collegiate honors, including First Team All-America, CCHA Player of the Year, CCHA Best Defensive Forward and First Team All-CCHA. He led the CCHA in scoring and finished first in the league with a plus 33 rating during the 1998-99 season. York served as captain of the club during his senior campaign and was twice a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player.
The native of Waterford, Michigan was New York’s sixth round selection, 136th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
1999-2000 NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM Brian Boucher (G Philadelphia Flyers) Mike York (F New York Rangers) Simon Gagne (F Philadelphia Flyers) Scott Gomez (F New Jersey Devils) Brian Rafalski (D New Jersey Devils) Brad Stuart (D San Jose Sharks)
RANGERS NAMED TO THE NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM Mike York (1999-00) Tony Amonte (1991-92) Brian Leetch (1988-89) Mike Ridley (1985-86) Tomas Sandstrom (1984-85)
MIKE YORK 1999-2000 Highlights
- Selected as one of three Calder Trophy finalists as NHL Rookie of the Year - Tied for third on the team and placed third among NHL rookies with 50 points (26 goals, 24 assists) in 82 matches - Ranked first on the club and led all NHL rookies with 26 goals, becoming the first Rangers rookie to lead all NHL rookies in goals since Tony Amonte netted 35 goals during the 1991-92 campaign - Tied for fourth on the club and placed sixth among NHL rookies with 24 assists - Ranked first among league rookies and tied for first on the team with four game-winning tallies - Placed second among NHL rookies and fifth on the club with 177 shots on goal - Ranked first on the team with 18 even strength goals - Tied for first among NHL rookies and placed second on the club with eight power play tallies - Tallied 38 of his 50 points (18 goals, 20 assists) at even strength, ranking third on the team - Placed fourth among NHL rookies and ranked fifth on the club with 12 power play points (eight goals, four assists) - Tied for first among league rookies and led the team with two game-tying goals - Ranked fourth among league rookies with a 14.7 shooting percentage - Led all NHL rookies and ranked third on the team with 1131 total face-offs - Placed first among league rookies and third on the club with 544 face-off wins - Is one of only two Rangers to appear in all 82 games this season (Sylvain Lefebvre) - Was selected as the 1999-2000 Rangers Fan Club Rookie of the Year - Posted a plus or even rating in 51 of the 82 games - Tallied the game-tying goal on April 1 at Boston, becoming the first Rangers rookie since Tony Amonte (69 points, 1991-92) and Sergei Nemchinov (58 points, 1991-92) to reach the 50-point plateau (26 goals, 24 assists) - Posted a four-game point streak from March 19 to March 26, collecting four points (three goals, one assist) over the span - Tallied a power play goal on February 25 at Buffalo, becoming the first Rangers rookie to score 20 goals in a season since Alexei Kovalev notched 20 during the 1992-93 campaign - Posted a four-game point streak from January 31 to February 8, collecting five points (three goals, two assists) over the span - Notched an assist on Kevin Stevens’ goal on October 11 at Long Island, marking his first career NHL assist - Collected the game-winning tally, the first of his NHL career, on October 10 vs. Phoenix - Tallied his first career NHL goal/point on October 2 at Vancouver (Kevin Weekes) - Made his Rangers/NHL debut on October 1 at Edmonton