Matt Colford #23


Position: Forward
Height: 5-10
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
Hometown: Champlin, Minn.
Last Team: Corpus Christi (NAHL)

2017-18: Played 25 games…finished tied for fourth on the team with 16 points (6g/10a)…scored the game-winning goal Jan. 16 at Hamline…Academic All-MIAC…2018 AHCA All-America Scholar.

2016-17: Played 12 games for SJU as a sophomore…collected 13 points (4g/9a) in the 12 games before suffering a season-ending injury…Colford was named the MIAC Men’s Hockey Athlete of the Week Oct. 31 after he opened the 2016-17 season with a five-point weekend, all first assists, as SJU went 2-0 at the MIAC Showcase.

2015-16: Played all but one game for SJU as a freshman…tied for fourth on the team with 16 points (6g/10a)…posted a plus/minus rating of +7…tallied the game-winning goal in SJU’s 4-3 win at Hamline Nov. 21.


My path that led me to SJU started when I decided to attend The Breck School in ninth grade. I graduated from Breck in 2013 after playing four years of high school hockey and being in three Minnesota State Tournaments. After graduating from Breck I signed a player tender with the Minnesota Magicians in the NAHL and played a year and a half there before getting traded to Corpus Christi, TX to play for the Ice Rays (NAHL). Following the end of my second junior hockey season and aging out of the league it was time to make a decision on where to attend college. After reviewing many different possible schools, St. John’s University seemed like the best fit for me with their prestigious academics, strong alumni network, and an opportunity to continue playing hockey as well.

Before coming to St. John’s I always knew I wanted to be a business major and with St. John’s strong alumni network, it seemed like an opportunity I couldn’t pass up on. I’ve been interested in business and marketing ever since I was young, mostly because it’s what my dad does as well. Growing up being able shadow what he does at work helped me become even more interested in it. Being just a freshman this year, I’d say my favorite class I’ve taken so far is Economics because it has been interesting to learn how money is dealt with around the world.

After graduating from St. John’s with a degree in Global Business, I hope to begin my career in business and working my way up to reach my dream job of becoming a CEO of a large business company. I see myself wanting to live in the twin cities and have a cabin to get away to on the weekends. I would also like to stay connected to hockey in some way and hopefully eventually help coach my kids. 

Career Firsts

Goal: Nov. 13, 2015 (vs. UW-Eau Claire; T, 1-1)

Assist: Nov. 21, 2015 (at Hamline; W, 4-3)

Power-Play Goal: Jan. 21, 2016 (vs. Bethel; W, 7-3)

Game-Winning Goal: Nov. 21, 2015 (at Hamline; W, 4-3)

Multi-Goal Game: Jan. 16, 2018 (at Hamline; W, 3-1)

Multi-Assist Game: Dec. 12, 2015 (vs. St. Scholastica; W, 7-2)