Mike Mottau
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
BIRTHDATE: 03/19/1978
DRAFTED: NYR: 1997-182 overall

Signed as free agent by the Islanders on September 28, 2010.


Selected by the New York Rangers in the seventh round (182th overall) of the 1997 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Calgary’s sixth round choice (Ivan Dornic) in the 2003 Draft and future considerations on January 22, 2003. Signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Ducks on July 25, 2003. Signed as a free agent by the Worcester IceCats (American Hockey League) on September 30, 2004. Signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils on July 17, 2006.


Was limited to 20 games in his first season with the Islanders due to eye and hip injuries...Made his Islanders debut in the seasonopener on Oct. 9 vs. Dallas…Had a two-assist game on Oct. 11 vs. NY Rangers for his first points with the Islanders…Was hit in the right eye by a puck on Nov. 21 at Atlanta and did not return to action…Was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 22 and underwent season-ending hip surgery.

Completed his third full NHL season and his third with New Jersey; the 235 games played during that stretch was the most among New Jersey defensemen...Established a career high with 16 assists and 18 points...Scored points in back-to-back contests on Apr. 8-10 (0g/2a) and Mar. 13-15 (1g/1a)...Recorded five two-point efforts...Totaled four two-assist games to match his career high...Played in his 200th NHL game on Nov. 25 vs. Ottawa...Appeared in a career-high 69 straight games through Oct. 22; missed matches Dec. 7 at Buffalo (ill), Oct. 24 at Pittsburgh (lower body injury) and did not dress Apr. 6 at Atlanta. 2008-09: Appeared in a career-best 80 games with New Jersey, including 61 straight from Nov. 29 to the end of the regular season...Recorded 15 points (1g/14a)...Finished first among Devils defensemen with a plus-24 rating...Matched a career high with a three-game assist/point streak from Oct. 25-Nov. 1 (0g/4a)...Had points in back-to-back games twice: Mar. 3-7 (0g/2a) and Dec. 31-Jan. 2 (1g/1a)...Recorded his lone goal of the season on Dec. 31 at Dallas...Served two-game suspension from Nov. 23-26 due to an elbowing incident on Nov. 21 vs. NY Islanders...Played in his 100th NHL game in the season-opener on Oct. 10 vs. NY Islanders. 2007-08: Completed his first full NHL season, his second year with New Jersey and his eighth pro season...Saw action in 76 of 82 games, including a season-high 36 straight from Nov. 16-Feb. 6...His 76 appearances were tops among Devils defensemen...Posted his lone multiple-point game with two assists on Jan. 24 vs. Montreal...Tallied points in three straight games from Dec. 28-Jan. 2 (1g/2a)... Recorded his first NHL goal on Oct. 6 at Florida...Made his Devils’ debut in the season-opener on Oct. 4 at Tampa Bay for first NHL action since Feb. 9, 2003 with Calgary at Colorado. 2006-07: Appeared in 43 games with the Lowell Devils (AHL) during his seventh pro season... Saw action with his fourth AHL team over a four-season span...Recorded 27 points (1g/26a), which trailed only D. McGillis (41) among Lowell defensemen. 2005-06: Finished first among Peoria Rivermen defensemen and third overall on the team with 56 points (8g/48a)...Represented PlanetUSA at the 2006 AHL All-Star Game. 2004-05: Played the NHL lockout season with Worcester...Appeared in 73 games and netted 35 points (3g/31a), good for second among IceCats blueliners. 2003-04: Saw action in 69 regular-season games and nine playoff contests with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks during his lone season with the Anaheim organization...His 31 points (9g/22a) were second among the squad’s defensemen. 2002-03: Split the season between the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL, 29 games), Calgary (NHL, 4) and the Saint John Flames (AHL, 32); traded for the only time during his NHL career. 2001-02: Skated in 80 games with Hartford and one NHL game with NY Rangers...Represented PlanetUSA at the AHL All-Star Game and had an assist. 2000-01: Split the campaign between NY Rangers (18 games) and Hartford (61)...Made his NHL debut on Oct. 26 at Philadelphia...Led all Hartford defensemen in goals (10), assists (33) and points (43)...Skated in the AHL All-Star Game and notched one assist for PlanetUSA...Named to AHL’s All-Rookie Team..

Played four seasons with Boston College...Named to the 1997 Hockey East All-Rookie Team, the 1998/2000 Hockey East First All-Star Team, the 1998 NCAA East Second All-American Team, the 1998/2000 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, the 1999 Hockey East Second All-Star Team and the 1999/2000 NCAA East First All-American Team...Received 2000 Hockey East Player of the Year Award (co-winner, T. Conklin) and the 2000 Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player).


Represented the United States at the 1999, 2000 and 2003 World Championships, as well as 1998 World Junior tournament.


2009: Scored two points (1g/1a) for New Jersey in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Carolina. 2008: Made his NHL playoff debut in game one of the ECQF vs. NY Rangers.