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Rangers Prospect Mike Mottau Captures Hockey East Co-Player of the Year Award

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Defenseman Mike Mottau, in his senior season with the Boston College Eagles, has been named as one of the 10 nominees for the 2000 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's Player of the Year. He is the only defenseman nominated for the award. Mottau 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.

Mottau, who has captured All-America honors in each of the last two seasons, enters the tournament's semifinal round as the league's top-scoring defenseman with 39 points (five goals, 34 assists). Earlier this season, he set the school records for career assists and career points by a defenseman. He currently has 153 career points, including 127 assists. He recently broke BC's all-time assists record (David Emma, 1987-91).

The defenseman 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.

Mike Mottau was drafted by the Rangers in the seventh round, 182nd overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
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