Rangers Prospect, Mike Mottau, Named USA Hockey College Player of the Year
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New York Rangers prospect, defenseman Mike Mottau, has been named USA Hockey College Player of the Year. Mottau finished his college career as one of the most decorated players in Boston College history. His post-season accolades included the 2000 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding men’s college hockey player.
He closed out the 1999-2000 season with 43 points (six goals, 37 assists) in 42 games to lead all defensemen in the nation. The Eagles’ captain earned First Team All-American honors and was named the Hockey East Co-Player of the Year. Mottau also recorded 14 multiple-point games last season, helping the Eagles to their third consecutive appearance at the NCAA “Frozen Four.”
In addition, Mottau was a member of both the 1999 and 2000 U.S. Men’s National Teams that competed at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship. He contributed one assist in seven games this May and tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in three games in 1999. A native of Avon, MA, Mottau was also a member of the 1998 U.S. National Junior Team. He was selected by the New York Rangers in the 1997 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Established to recognize the accomplishments of the top American-born player in college hockey each season, the recipient of the USA Hockey College Player of the Year Award is chosen by a committee that includes many of the leading coaches and administrators from NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III Hockey.