After living out his boyhood NHL dream in parts of nine seasons at hockey’s highest level, former Boston College and Boston Bruins defenseman Mike Mottau has decided to retire from playing professional hockey. Mottau told CSNNE.com that he made the decision last weekend after holding some discussions with the Providence Bruins about potentially playing one more season in the B’s organization.
While Mottau could have been a nice fit as a veteran mentor for the B’s young prospects in Providence, that opportunity didn’t materialize with less than a month until NHL training camps open. The 36-year-old instead opted to retire to spend more time with his family, and said he was “happy with his decision.”
“It was time,” admitted Mottau, who played 321 games with the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Bruins and Florida Panthers after getting drafted in the seventh round by the Blueshirts all the way back in 1998. “I’m happy with my decision, and it’s on to the next thing.”
Mottau’s best three years in the NHL came with the New Jersey Devils from 2007-2010 when he put up 15 goals and 50 points in three seasons while averaging 78 games played per season. Mottau was traded to the Black and Gold for the stretch run of the 2011-12 season, and played eight games for his hometown team including the regular season and the first round playoff series against the Washington Capitals.
The steady blueliner didn’t return to the B’s for the following season, but still admitted that suiting in the Spoked B had been a fulfillment of one of his boyhood wishes.
Mottau was traded to the Black and Gold from the New York Islanders along with Brian Rolston in exchange for prospects Yannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin. The Avon, Mass. native played 14 professional hockey seasons with 818 regular season games played between the NHL and the AHL, and finished things up in the 2013-14 season with an eight game stint with the Panthers in Florida. Mottau was a brilliant amateur player winning the Hobey Baker his senior season with Boston College in 2000, and starring at Thayer Academy before landing at the Heights for four years as a premier offensive defenseman.
Mottau hasn’t made any conclusive decisions about the next step, but said that coaching, scouting or perhaps dabbling in the hockey television media were all options that were of interest to him moving forward. With his easygoing demeanor and considerable hockey IQ, any of those professions would be lucky to have a quality person like Mottau joining their ranks.