Rangers Reach Tryout Agreement with Defenseman Mike Mottau
/ New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced that the club has reached a tryout agreement with defenseman Mike Mottau. Mottau will attend the remainder of training camp, beginning on Wednesday, September 20.
Mottau, 22, appeared in 41 contests for the Boston College Eagles of Hockey East (HE), collecting six goals and 37 assists for 43 points, along with 61 penalty minutes. He captured the 2000 Hobey Baker Award, becoming 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 was also named Hockey East Co-Player of the Year honors, marking the second time in as many years he has won 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 6-0, 195-pounder notched 26 goals and 130 assists for 156 points while skating in 161 career contests for the Screaming Eagles. While at Boston College, Mottau established and broke the Hockey East’s all-time scoring record for assists and points by a defensemen, registering 79 assists and 93 points in 96 regular season contests. In addition, he broke the all-time assist record for all players (forwards and defensemen) in the history of Boston College with 130 assists. Mottau finished his collegiate career ranking as BC’s all time leader in assists (130) and points (156) by a defensemen, surpassing Tom Martin (111 assists) and Tom Mellor (135 points).
A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, Mottau was originally drafted by the Rangers in the seventh round, 182nd overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.