New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with defenseman Thomas Pock of the University of Massachusetts Minutemen of Hockey East (HE). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Pock, 22, skated in 37 matches with Massachusetts this season, tallying 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points, along with 48 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the team in all major offensive categories with 16 goals, 25 assists and 41 points. Pock was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate player. He was also recently named to the Hockey East All-Tournanent Team and selected as the Hockey East's Defensive Player of the Week, while helping to lead the Minutemen to their first-ever tournament finals appearance. During the tournament, Pock led all players with seven points (two goals, five assists), along with a plus-7 rating.
The 6-1, 208-pounder has skated in 130 career matches with Massachusetts, registering 44 goals and 58 assists for 102 points, along with 179 penalty minutes. His 102 career points are tied for sixth in school history, while his 44 goals are tied for ninth. As a junior, Pock was also selected as a Hockey East Second Team All-Star and was voted as the Minutemen's most valuable player.
Prior to attending the University of Massachusetts, the Klagenfurt, Austria native played for the Klagenfurt Athletic Club of the Austrian Senior League. During the 1999-00 season, Pock scored five goals and 21 assists for 26 points and was named the league's Rookie of the Year.