Michael Joseph Mottau; born March 19, 1978 ... shoots left ... rated the fifth-best college recruit in the nation out of high school (The Hockey News; March 22, 1996), Mike has proven to be even better ? regarded by many as the nation's premier defenseman; has good strength and is very effective at both ends of the ice ... competed in the Tempere Cup in Tempere, Finland in August 1997 ? was selected from among 40 candidates at the 1996 US Junior National Evaluation Camp to compete in a three-game US-Finland Training Series in Finland.
AS A JUNIOR (1998-99): Played in all 43 games ? served as assistant captain ? earned Titan All-America first team honors and All-HOCKEY EAST second team honors ? was the co-recipient of the 1999 Walter Brown Award, given annually to the best American-born player in New England ? also earned All-Tournament honors at both the Ice Breaker Cup and Denver Cup ? earned HOCKEY EAST Player of the Month honors for October ? registered 42 points - three goals and 39 assists ? ranked second among the nation's defensemen with 39 assists ? recorded 12 multiple-point games; BC had an 11-1 record in those games ? tallied four assists in each of two games - against UMass-Lowell (10/31) and Boston University (11/14) ? twice recorded three assists - against Harvard (Beanpot, 2/8) and Merrimack (3/6) ? assisted on Brian Gionta's decisive goal in a 2-1 win over Northern Michigan in the NCAA Tournament's first round ? scored one power-play goal - in a 6-3 win at Northeastern (11/14) ? scored one goal and added one assist in a 5-4 overtime win over UMass-Amherst (2/5) ? scored one goal in a 2-2 home tie against New Hampshire (2/20) ? tallied two assists in the Eagles' 3-2 Ice Breaker Cup title game victory over St. Lawrence (10/10).
AS A SOPHOMORE (1997-98): Played in 40 of 42 games; missed the two games in the Badger Showdown while playing with Team USA in the IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland ... earned Titan All-America second team honors and All-HOCKEY EAST first team honors ... was selected to the All-New England all-star team ... shared the Norman F. Dailey Memorial Award as team MVP (with Marty Reasoner) ... led the nation's defensemen in scoring with 49 points -- 13 goals and 36 assists ... His spectacular play earned him accolades in each of the Eagles' post-season stops; he captured All-Tournament honors at the HOCKEY EAST Tournament, at the NCAA East Regional in Albany, and at the NCAA Tournament's semifinals and championship game at the FleetCenter ... registered 26 points - six goals and 20 assists - in 24 league contests, tying him for the league scoring lead among defensemen ... recorded 13 multiple-point games, leading BC to an 11-2-0 record in those games ... tallied two goals and two assists in a 6-0 home win over St. Lawrence (11/28) ... scored a power-play goal and assisted on the game-tying goal -- both in the third period -- in a 3-2 win at Notre Dame (10/24) ... had two goals, including the gamewinner, in a 5-2 win at Northeastern (11/14) ... registered three points in seven games ... tallied one goal and two assists in a 4-2 home win over Boston University (1/9) ... had one goal and two assists in a 5-4 win at UMass-Lowell (2/27); had three assists against the River Hawks the following night ... scored one power-play goal and added two assists in a 7-2 win over Merrimack in the HOCKEY EAST Tournament's semifinal round (3/20).
AS A FRESHMAN (1996-97): Earned New England Hockey Writers' Association Rookie of the Year honors ... was selected to the HOCKEY EAST All-Rookie team; was the 10th BC player to be so honored, the third in the last four years ... one of only seven Boston College players to appear in all 38 games ... ranked second among Eagle defensemen in goals (five) and points (23) and tied for the lead among blueliners in assists (18) ... tallied his first collegiate goal in the season opener at Bowling Green (10/18) ... assisted on the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win at Providence (11/16) ... Registered at least one point in five straight games (11/29-12/11) ... lit the lamp at Clarkson (11/29) ... picked up one assist in Jerry York's 500th win - at St. Lawrence (11/30) ... collected three assists in two games against Maine (12/6-7) ... scored one goal at Boston University (12/11) ... assisted on the game-winning tally in a 5-4 home victory over UMass-Amherst (1/6) ... had one assist in BC's first round Beanpot win over Northeastern (2/3) ... Posted a two-assist effort in a 7-5 home win over Northeastern (2/28) ... scored one goal at Merrimack (3/1) ... picked up one assist in the first game of the HOCKEY EAST Tournament quarterfinals at Merrimack (3/6).
BEFORE BC: Earned 1995-96 Boston Globe Independent School League All-Scholastic honors ... captured Independent School League MVP honors as a senior at Thayer Academy ... was a three-year All-League choice, a three-time team MVP and a two-time Quincy Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic selection ... tallied six goals, including two gamewinners, and 20 assists in 31 games as a senior ... registered seven goals and 19 assists in 29 games as a junior ... earned Thayer's 1995-96 Ward S. Donner Award as the school's outstanding student-athlete ... was the recipient of the Colin F. McDonald Award for character and athletic ability as a sophomore ... participated in the 1995 USA Hockey Select 17 Festival in Colorado Springs ... was selected to the US Select 17 Team II, which participated in the training camp in Colorado Springs ... played in the 1994 USA Hockey Select 16 Festival and was selected to the US Select 16 Team that swept a three-game series against the German Select 16 team in Fussen, Germany ... also starred on the school's football and lacrosse teams; earned Quincy Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic lacrosse honors as a junior and senior.
PERSONAL: Enrolled as a communication major in the College of Arts & Sciences ... was selected by New York Rangers in the seventh round (182nd pick) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft ... Mike is the youngest of Mabel and Robert Mottau's four children.
WALTER BROWN AWARD RECIPIENT: Mike Mottau was the co-recipient of the 1999 Walter Brown Award. The award is given annually to the best American-born player in New England. He shared the honor with Providence forward Mike Omicioli. Mottau's award marked the 16th time an Eagle has captured the honor. BC head coach Jerry York earned the honor in 1967. Prior to Mottau, the last BC player to earn the award was David Emma in his Hobey Baker Award-winning 1990-91 season.
MOTTAU AND TEAM USA: Mike Mottau was one of two collegiate players who were selected to play for Team USA in the 1999 IIHF World Championship in Norway in May. Mottau registered three points - two goals and one assist - in three games. He netted the United States' only goal - on the power play -- in a 4-1 loss to Canada. The following day, he assisted on Bryan Smolinski's opening goal and added a power-play goal late in the first period in a 3-0 win over Switzerland. His efforts against the Swiss earned him "Player of the Game" honors. Team USA finished in sixth place with a 3-3-0 record ? Mottau tallied two goals and two assists in seven games in the 1998 IIHF World Junior Championship. He tied for fifth among the tournament's defensemen in scoring.