Check out every session of the New England Hockey Journal’s The Rink Shrinks, featuring former pro players Mike Mottau and Brian Yandle. All questions and feedback can be emailed to TheRinkShrinks@hockeyjournal.com.
Mike Mottau, who won the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey as a senior at Boston College in 1999-2000, grew up in Avon, Mass., and starred at Thayer Academy. His BC career was highlighted by three trips to the Frozen Four, and he played in the NHL for eight seasons during a 14-year professional career. He is currently a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Yandle, who grew up in Milton, Mass., starred at Catholic Memorial before going on to an outstanding four-year career at the University of New Hampshire, where he played on a Hockey East champion and Frozen Four team in 2002-03. He went on to play professionally for five seasons.