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NCAA standout Mat Bodie signs with Rangers

Apr 15, 2014, 9:52 AM EDT

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The New York Rangers have signed one of the top NCAA free agents in defenseman Mat Bodie to an entry-level deal, per ESPN.com.

Bodie is coming off a national title after serving as Union College’s captain. He had a goal and an assist in Union’s 7-4 victory over Minnesota in the championship game. He also led all NCAA defensemen with 39 points and recorded 57 penalty minutes in 40 games this season.

The 24-year-old was one of the defensemen named to ECAC Hockey’s 2013-14 First All-Star Team. He previously earned that distinction in 2011-12.

Rather than immediately join the Rangers, Brodie plans to finish his degree before attending the Rangers’ development camp over the summer.

  1. 7mantel - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Another good signing out of the college ranks for the NYR’s !

    • 950003cups - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      The next Matt Gilroy

      • 7mantel - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        I’d take Gilroy over your Captain !

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      The rangers love captains the flyers are gonna get the player that scored all the goals to win them the chapionship

      • 7mantel - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        You can have the chapionship !

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        Hh

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        Ghostisbehere is the player who scored all the goals to win the title

      • 7mantel - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        just breaking your chops! look at your reply to my post

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      I would take captain kangaroo over your captain

      • 7mantel - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        We don’t have a captain per se

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        This really must be the Mick because your post seem like you been drinking

      • 7mantel - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        elmer when you spell CHAMPIONSHIP right then maybe i’ll be insulted by you!

      • 7mantel - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        did you mean Gostishere

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Yeah thats who I ment,,, but your new CAPTAIN aint gonna be able to help you when the FLYERS rag doll KING HENRICK and his new millions !

      • 7mantel - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        you are funny kid !

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        Miss dont get mad

      • 7mantel - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        go do your homework little man !

  2. iceman8383 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Let’s Go Rangers!!

  3. orangandblack - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    “Brodie plans to finish his degree before attending the Rangers’ development camp over the summer.”….good move kid.

    • sausey22 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Even though I’m weary of your username, I agree completely with your comment. Definitely a smart move. I haven’t looked into him much, but is he finishing his undergrad degree? The article says he’s 24.. better late than never. Maybe those extra years helped him succeed in the sport.

  4. billiam55 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    good signings. making up for those rounds picks we gave away. smart move by Stats.

  5. djshnooks - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Gostisbhere is good, but Bodie is good too.

    They were both the catalysts for the magical run this season, Shane just showed up a little more vs. Minnesota.

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