Posted by: emmaharger | March 1, 2012

Man of the Day 3/1: Mike Mottau

Michael Joseph Mottau

Born March 19, 1978 (age 33) in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA

Defenseman for the Boston Bruins

Now let’s welcome another of the new Bruins! Mottau, who is German-American, was born and raised in Massachusetts. Growing up in Quincy, he idolized Ray Bourque and probably always nursed a little desire to suit up for the hometown team. He stayed local for college, playing four years at Boston College (sorry, Vicky) and won the Hobey Baker Award in his senior year. While in college, he was drafted by the Rangers in 1997 and made his NHL debut with them in 2000-01. However, he spent much of his time with the Hartford Wolf Pack.

After time spent in Calgary and then a host of AHL teams both during and after the lockout, he came up to the New Jersey Devils in 2007. He spent three years with them, scoring at least 15 points each season, before going to the New York Islanders for 2010-11. Then, of course, he was traded to become a Bruin.

"Hang on, maybe I can get this guy off my tail..."

Mottau’s represented America in international competition too, like Rolston: one World Junior and three Worlds. He lives on the South Shore in Massachusetts with his family. Here’s hoping he enjoys being a Bruin!

This photo was used on NESN with a caption like "you can take the player out of Massachusetts, but you can't take the Massachusetts out of the player." Yep. Nice face, Mikey.


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