Ford re-ups with Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Admirals announced Thursday that defenseman and former captain Scott Ford has signed a one-year contract, making the 2013-14 campaign his sixth season with the team.

“Scott has not only been an integral part of our team on the ice, but he has also been a fantastic member of our community,” said Admirals governor and CEO Harris Turer. “It’s great to have him back for another season in an Admirals uniform.”

Ford is the team’s all-time AHL leader in games played with 300, a record he broke on April 12 last season. In parts of five years with the Admirals, the Fort St. John, B.C., native has totaled 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points and 480 penalty minutes. In addition, Ford has accumulated a plus-38 rating, which included a plus-24 rating in 2010-11 — the best by an Admiral since the 2003-04 season.

The Brown University alum (2000-04) has also been an important leader during his time with the Admirals. He wore the “C” as the team’s captain during the 2011-12 season and was an alternate captain in three other years.

Last year Ford started the season in the St. Louis organization, but was acquired by Nashville in a trade in late February and proceeded to help the Admirals go 15-4-1 down the stretch and qualify for the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 11th consecutive season, the longest current streak in the AHL.

Ford has played 444 career AHL games with Milwaukee, Peoria, Bridgeport, Providence and Cleveland, totaling 15 goals and 42 assists for 57 points along with a plus-31 rating. He has added three assists and a plus-7 rating in 36 Calder Cup Playoff games.