Selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (No. 121) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Motte is a pesky, undersized presence (5-foot-9, 188 pounds) who has been compared to former Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw.
With the University of Michigan in 2015-16, Motte finished in the top 10 in the Hobey Baker Award voting after scoring 32 goals and 56 points in 38 games and leading the NCAA with 70 blocked shots. He was selected to the Big Ten First All-Star Team and the NCAA West First All-American Team. He turned pro at the end of the season and had five points in five games for Rockford of the American Hockey League.