Matthew Ford is currently at the University of Wisconsin. He missed the first 12 games of his rookie season due to a knee injury.
Prior to arriving at Wisconsin, Ford played for the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL). In the 2003-04 season, Ford led the USHL with 37 goals and finished the season four points with 68 playing in 60 games. His performance earned him Rookie of the Year honors as well as a spot on the USHL First Team. Prior to playing at Sioux Falls, Ford attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s, where he was a member of their 2002-03 Midget AAA National Championship team.
2004-05: Ford found his offensive game after returning to the line-up from a knee injury that sidelined him for the first 12 games of the season. Upon his return, Ford managed only 1 point in his first 7 games. However, a new year signified a new beginning for the 6’0 200-pound right-winger. Ford’s breakout game came on New Year’s Day in a 5-3 Wisconsin loss to Ferris State. In that game he registered 2 goals for 3 points.
2007-08: Ford’s college career at the University of Wisconsin finally came to an end last season. During his four years at Wisconsin, Ford compiled 39 points and 100 penalty minutes in 124 games. Ford played to his strengths last season by bringing a physical presence to the team and exhibiting his will to work down low.
Ford is a pure goal scorer will an unmistakably blistering hard shot. He’s an offensive player who likes to not only handle the puck but also shoot as often as the opportunity presents itself. Ford is a good skater but lacks speed. He’s a player who is good at finding open spaces on the ice. He has good size and strength. He isn’t afraid to play the body and can level some solid checks on opposing players. He’s quite good around the net and will drive to net as well. It is evident that Ford is still learning and acclimating himself to the college game. With more experience and improvement, particularly in areas such as defense and use of his good frame, Ford should become a very solid and consistent scoring forward.
Ford signed a one-year contract with the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons in July of 2013.