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Rangers Sign Defenseman Mike Mottau

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed defenseman Mike Mottau. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mottau, 22, appeared in the final six pre-season contests for the Rangers, collecting one assist during the pre-season. He reported to training camp on September 20 on a tryout basis.

The 6-0, 200-pounder skated in 42 games for the Boston College Eagles of Hockey East (HE), notching six goals and 37 assists for 43 points, along with 61 penalty minutes. He captured the 2000 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to college hockey’s top player, 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.

During his four years at Boston College, Mottau notched 26 goals and 130 assists for 156 points in 161 career contests. He 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), respectively.

A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, Mottau was originally drafted by the Rangers in the seventh round, 182nd overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
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