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Hobey Baker Winner Says 'I am a Ranger'

Boston University's Gilroy agrees to first NHL contract with Blueshirts

Friday, 04.17.2009 / 4:00 PM / News
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Hobey Baker Winner Says \'I am a Ranger\'\r\n
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with 2009 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Matt Gilroy.

In 2008-09, Boston University captain Matt Gilroy became the first Hobey Baker winner from the Terriers since current Rangers captain Chris Drury in 1997-98.
Gilroy, 24, captured the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in collegiate hockey, and was named as a First Team All-American on April 10.  He became the second player in Boston University history to win the Hobey Baker Award, as Rangers’ Captain Chris Drury won the award in 1998.  He is also the first defenseman in Hockey East history to be honored as a First Team All-Star three times.

Captain of the Hockey East regular season and playoff champion Boston University Terriers, Gilroy registered eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points in 45 games this season.  He led the Terriers to their fifth NCAA championship, assisting on the game-tying goal with 17 seconds remaining in regulation in the championship game on April 11, after entering the tournament as the #1 seeded team. 

The senior defenseman established career-highs in games played (45), assists (29) and points (37).  In addition, the North Bellmore, New York native led all Hockey East defensemen in scoring and ranked third among all defensemen in the nation.

The 6-2, 205-pounder skated in 160 career Hockey East games with the Boston University Terriers, recording 25 goals and 67 assists for 92 points, along with 46 penalty minutes.  He led all BU defensemen and tied for second on the team overall with a plus-21 rating as a walk-on freshman during the 2005-06 season. 

Gilroy established a career-high with nine goals in 2006-07 en route to capturing Second Team All-American honors.  In 2007-08, he was named to his second consecutive All-America team (First Team), and was also honored as a Hockey East First Team All-Star for the second straight year.  Gilroy finished his collegiate career appearing in 146 consecutive games.