After two seasons in Ann Arbor, sophomore defenseman Cam York’s Michigan hockey career has come to an end.
Wednesday — five days after the Wolverines’ were forced to drop out of the NCAA tournament due to COVID-19 protocols — York signed a three-year entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, who drafted him 14th overall in the 2019 NHL draft.
“Thank you to the University of Michigan for the opportunity to play hockey for such an amazing institution,” York said in a statement. “It has been an honor to represent the block M, playing the sport I love so much.
“First, I want to thank the coaching staff, for pushing me to not only be a better hockey player but a better human being. Secondly, my teammates — I love you guys. You made my two years here unforgettable. COVID took a lot of things from us, but the one thing it couldn’t take are the memories we’ve made. To everyone behind the scenes of Michigan hockey, thank you for all you do for us. Your work does not go unnoticed. And last but not least, to the Children of Yost and all Michigan hockey fans. You are the best! You make our games so exciting and added so much to my college hockey experience. Thank you for all your support. Forever Go Blue. And to Philly … I couldn’t be more excited to join the organization. Let’s gooooo!”
York was arguably Michigan’s best player this season, tallying 20 points in 24 regular-season games and two more in the Big Ten Tournament. He received First Team all-Big Ten honors and was named the Big Ten Defenseman of the Year. In York’s freshman year, he was named to the Big Ten all-freshman team and an all-Big Ten honorable mention after registering 16 points in 30 games.
The Wolverines relied on York on both the penalty kill and the power play, and he was their most consistent defenseman at even strength. Michigan coach Mel Pearson often praised York for his smart and efficient style of play.
“I’d like to congratulate Cam York on his recent signing with the Philadelphia Flyers,” Pearson said in a statement. “I’d also like to thank him for all he has done for the University of Michigan and our program. Cam had an outstanding season for us this past season, and I wish I could have the opportunity to work (with) him a few more years. We wish him the best in his new endeavor — the Philadelphia Flyers are getting a great player and a great person. Go Blue!”
York also missed two games this season while serving as the captain of the 2021 United States World Junior team that won the championship.
While York will be significantly missed by the Wolverines next season as he moves up with the Flyers, incoming freshman Luke Hughes, another top NHL prospect, should help alleviate the loss.