The American Hockey League (AHL) announced today that Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Mike Mottau has been named to the league’s All-Rookie Team for the 2000-01 season.
Mottau is joined on the team by Norfolk goaltender Jeff Maund, Saint John defenseman Micki Dupont, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Toby Petersen, and Kentucky forwards Ryan Kraft and Jonathan Cheechoo.
The AHL’s All-Rookie Team is selected by AHL players and media in each of the league’s 20 member cities. Each All-Rookie Team member will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection.
Mottau, 23, was the New York Rangers’ seventh-round choice in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Quincy, Massachusetts, leads all AHL rookie defensemen in scoring this season with 43 points (10 goals, 33 assists) in 61 games with the Wolf Pack. Mottau has also skated in 12 games with the parent New York Rangers (through Wednesday), notching three assists. He was the Sher-Wood AHL Player of the Week for the period ending December 11, and participated in the 2001 AHL All-Star Classic in January. Earlier this week, Mottau was named Hartford’s Aon/AHL Man of the Year for his involvement in community activities with the Wolf Pack.
Mottau joined the Rangers organization after a stellar four-year career at Boston College, in which he led the Eagles to three Frozen Four appearances and two NCAA championship games. In 2000, he joined Mark Fusco (1983) and Tom Kurvers (1984) as the only defensemen ever to win the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s most outstanding player in college hockey.
Mottau is the third member of the Wolf Pack honored by the league with an All-Rookie Team selection, joining Marc Savard (1998) and Tomas Kloucek (2000).