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Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Left Wing Mike York

July 25, 2008 - American Hockey League (AHL) Syracuse Crunch

Syracuse, NY (July 25, 2008) - The Syracuse Crunch announced today that the Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Mike York to a one year two-way NHL and American Hockey League contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

York, 30, appeared in 63 games for the Phoenix Coyotes last season, registering 6 goals, 8 assists and 4 penalty minutes. Over his nine year NHL career, York has skated in 578 games with the New York Rangers, Edmonton, New York Islanders, Philadelphia and Phoenix, compiling 127 goals, 195 assists and 135 penalty minutes.

He enjoyed a successful rookie season with the New York Rangers in 1999-00, collecting 26 goals, 24 assists and 18 penalty minutes while being named to the NHL All-Rookie team. His best season came in 2001-02 when he tallied 61 points (20g, 41a) in 81 games with the Rangers and Edmonton and was named to the North American All-Star team. York also earned a silver medal as a member of Team USA at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

A native of Waterford, Michigan, York played four seasons at Michigan State University before turning pro, appearing in 158 games, notching 79 goals, 122 assists and 141 penalty minutes. He was a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist and NCAA West First All-American in 1998 and 1999 and CCHA Player of the Year in 1999. He was selected by the New York Rangers in the sixth round, 136th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Season tickets for the 2008-09 season are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Crunch office at (315) 473- 4444 or by stopping by the Crunch office in the War Memorial at Oncenter.

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