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Rangers Prospect Mike Mottau Captures 2000 Hobey Baker Award

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Boston College defenseman Mike Mottau, the Rangers seventh round draft choice (182nd overall) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, has won the 2000 Hobey Baker Award as USA College Hockey Player-of-the-Year. He was the only defenseman nominated and becomes the first B.C. player to capture the award since forward David Emma in 1991. Mottau becomes the first defenseman since Tom Kurvers (1984) to win the honor and only the third blueliner (Mark Fusco, 1983) to capture the award since its inception in 1981.

Mottau also captured the 1999-2000 Hockey East Co-Player-of-the-Year Award, marking the second time in as many seasons he has captured the award and was the recipient of the 2000 Walter Brown Award, given annually to New England's outstanding American-born college hockey player. The defenseman, a three-time All-America selection, has helped lead Boston College to the NCAA Frozen Four hockey championship match vs. the University of North Dakota on Saturday, April 8 in Providence, Rhode Island (7:30pm, ESPN). He leads all NCAA defenseman with 43 points (six goals, 37 assists). Earlier this season, he set the school records for career assists and career points by a defenseman.

He currently enters Saturday's game with 157 career points (27 goals, 130 assists). He recently broke BC's all-time assists record (David Emma, 1987-91). Mottau also established HOCKEY EAST career records for assists and points by a defenseman. In 96 regular-season league games, the senior registered 79 assists and 93 points. The previous marks were held by former Maine star Jack Capuano (1985-88), who had 64 assists and 90 points. Mottau is the fifth Boston College player to capture the league's Player of the Year award. The previous recipients are: Scott Harlow (1986), Brian Leetch (1987), Greg Brown (1989 and 1990) and David Emma (1991).

He was also named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for November 19 and has helped lead his team to a 12-6-1 overall record and a 6-4-1 mark in the Hockey East.
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