Matheson Returns to BC for Junior Season
April 29, 2014
Matheson was the 23rd overall pick by the Florida Panthers of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The Pointe-Claire, Quebec, native is the 11th first-round pick under York's 20-year tenure at Boston College, joining Marty Reasoner (1996 - St. Louis), Brooks Orpik (2000 - Pittsburgh), Krys Kolanos (2000 - Phoenix), Chuck Kobasew (2001 - Calgary), Brian Boyle (2003 - Los Angeles), Patrick Eaves (2003 - Ottawa), Cory Schneider (2004 - Vancouver), Nick Petrecki (2007 - San Jose), Chris Kreider (2009 - NY Rangers) and Kevin Hayes (2010 - Chicago).
The 6-foot-2 blue liner has been the Eagles' leading defensive scorer for the past two seasons. In his most recent campaign, Matheson finished the season with 21 points (3-18-21) and a +18 rating. He was second on the club with 49 penalty minutes.
For his strong season, Matheson was voted an AHCA Second-Team All-American. The second-year rearguard was also tabbed a Hockey East First-Team All-Star and a New England Men's Division I All-Star.
Matheson's freshman season yielded a spot on the All-Hockey East Rookie Team (unanimous decision) after recording eight goals and 17 assists.
"We are very excited Michael Matheson has decided to return to Boston College for his junior season," York said. "Michael's talents and leadership will play a significant role in developing the strong core Boston College hockey has in place for the future."
Amongst returning skaters for BC next season, Matheson is the leading scorer in regards to career points. In 74 games played, the Matheson has registered 46 points, including 11 goals and 35 assists.
Boston College wrapped up the 2013-14 season with its 11th trip to the Frozen Four under York and fourth in the last seven seasons. The Eagles finished with a 28-8-4 record and a 16-2-2 mark in Hockey East action.