Mike Mottau

Mike Mottau
Born (1978-03-19) March 19, 1978
Avon, Massachusetts, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Calgary Flames
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
Boston Bruins
Florida Panthers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 182nd overall, 1997
New York Rangers
Playing career 20002014

Michael Joseph Mottau (born March 19, 1978) is an American retired professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the seventh round, 182nd overall, by the New York Rangers in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Mottau was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Avon, Massachusetts. He currently works as a pro scout for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Playing career

Mottau played four years of college hockey at Boston College, and was the recipient of the Hobey Baker Award for top men's collegiate hockey player during his senior season. He made his National Hockey League debut with the Rangers during the 2000–01 season. He played nineteen games with the Rangers over two seasons, and four with the Calgary Flames during the 2002–03 season. Mottau played four seasons in the American Hockey League before returning to the NHL in the 2007–08 season with the New Jersey Devils. On September 28, 2010, Mottau signed a two-year deal with the New York Islanders.[1]

On February 27, 2012, Mottau was traded with Brian Rolston to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Yannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin.[2]

With the 2012–13 NHL lockout negating his chance of a NHL contract, Mottau was signed to a professional try-out deal with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL on December 7, 2012.[3] Mottau produced 7 assists in 16 games before he was released at the conclusion of the lockout to sign a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 13, 2013.[4]

On July 5, 2013 the Florida Panthers Executive VP & General Manager Dale Tallon announced that the club has agreed to terms with D Mike Mottau on a one-year, two way contract.[5]

On August 19, 2014, Mottau announced his retirement.[6]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97Boston CollegeHE385182377
1997–98Boston CollegeHE4013364950
1998–99Boston CollegeHE433394244
1999–00Boston CollegeHE426374357
2000–01Hartford Wolf PackAHL6110334345501119
2000–01New York RangersNHL1803313
2001–02Hartford Wolf PackAHL809425156100554
2001–02New York RangersNHL10000
2002–03Hartford Wolf PackAHL291181924
2002–03Saint John FlamesAHL325121714
2002–03Calgary FlamesNHL40000
2003–04Cincinnati Mighty DucksAHL69922317991238
2004–05Worcester IceCatsAHL734313523
2005–06Peoria RivermenAHL76848568140116
2006–07Lowell DevilsAHL431262733
2007–08New Jersey DevilsNHL76413174851010
2008–09New Jersey DevilsNHL80114153571120
2009–10New Jersey DevilsNHL79216184150110
2010–11New York IslandersNHL200338
2011–12New York IslandersNHL2902215
2011–12Boston BruinsNHL6000020000
2012–13San Antonio RampageAHL160776
2012–13Toronto MarliesAHL18077870114
2013–14San Antonio RampageAHL29191026
2013–14Florida PanthersNHL80004
NHL totals 321 7 51 58 164 19 2 2 4 0


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 United States WJC 5th 7 2 2 4 4
1999 United States WC 6th 3 2 1 3 0
2000 United States WC 5th 7 0 1 1 0
2003 United States WC 13th 6 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 7 2 2 4 4
Senior totals 16 2 3 5 0

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 1996–97
All-Hockey East First Team 1997–98, 1999–00
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1997–98
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 1998, 2000[7]
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1998, 2000[8]
All-Hockey East Second Team 1998–99
AHCA East First-Team All-American 1999, 2000
Walter Brown Award 1999
HE Best Defensive Defenseman 2000
HE Player of the Year 2000
Hobey Baker Award 2000
All-Rookie Team 2001
All-Star 2001, 2002,


  1. "Islanders agree to terms with Mike Mottau". New York Islanders. 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  2. "Bruins get Brian Rolston, Mike Mottau from Islanders". Boston Globe. 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  3. "Rampage sign Sim, Mottau to PTO's". San Antonio Rampage. 2012-12-07. Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  4. "Dave Nonis adds Mike Mottau to Leaf blueline". The Star. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
  5. "Panthers Ink D Mike Mottau". Florida Panthers. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  6. Haggerty, Joe (August 19, 2014). "Former B's D-man Mottau announces his retirement". CSNNE.com. Comcast Sports. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  7. "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  8. "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jason Krog
Hockey East Player of the Year
Shared With
Ty Conklin
Succeeded by
Brian Gionta
Preceded by
Steve O'Brien
Hockey East Best Defensive Defenseman
Succeeded by
Bobby Allen
Preceded by
Jason Krog
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
Succeeded by
Ryan Miller
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