For the past six seasons Ford has spent the large majority of his career with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. Despite that and being the team’s captain, he admits that where he’ll be playing for the 2014-2015 season is still up in the air.
“I’m looking to get a contract right now. I don’t know if it’s going to be back in Milwaukee this year. With Nashville being our NHL affiliate and stuff like that it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out,” he said. “It’s one of those things where I’m in a pool of free agents looking for a contract. It’s a waiting game right now. Obviously there’s a bit of anxiety right now but also excitement as well maybe with a new chapter and transitioning to another organization and maybe get an opportunity there.”
Ford is continuing to work hard as he waits for his next opportunity on the ice. He isn’t ready to hang up his skates yet and credits local trainer Phil Hiscock for keeping for keeping him in tip-top shape on the ice.
“If not it may be time to search elsewhere and do other things. I’ve been pretty privileged to have a career that’s lasted ten years. It’s been fantastic. I have a ton of friends, a ton of memories. I’m just mentally or physically ready to be done with it yet. I’m still working hard with a lot of the guys that come back to the community here,” he explained. “Phil Hiscock has been unbelievable for my career the last three years. I’ve been training with him and the stuff that he does with the youth in the city is just fantastic.”
Taking part in the North Peace Alumni Hockey School is something that Ford values for a number of reasons such as reuniting with other Fort St. John hockey players while being able to give back to the grass roots level of the sport.