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Tyler Motte
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Born March 10, 1995 (1995-03-10) (age 24)
Port Huron, Michigan
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team Chicago Blackhawks
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 121st overall, 2013
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2016–present

Tyler Motte (born on March 3, 1995) is an American ice hockey forward, who currently plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted 121st overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and spent 33 games with the club in 2017 before being traded to the Blue Jackets.

Playing CareerEdit

JuniorEdit

During the 2010–11 season, Tyler played for the Detroit Honeybaked U16 team of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. He recorded 22 goals and 14 assists in 33 games. Honeybaked captured USA Hockey's Tier 1 national championship and had three goals and three assists in six tournament games. He scored two third period goals for Honeybaked in the 3–2 comeback win over Shattuck St. Mary's in the championship game.

Tyler trained with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program U-17 team during the 2011–12 season, where he recorded 25 goals and 16 assists in 53 games. He played two games for the U-18 team, scoring once.

In two USHL playoff games, he scored two goals & during the 2012–13 season and recorded 26 goals and 19 assists in 67 games for the U-18 team.

CollegeEdit

Tyler began his collegiate career for the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013–14 season. During his freshman season, he recorded nine goals and nine assists in 34 games. He scored his first career goal on October 12, 2013, against Jordan Ruby of RIT.

Tyler was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week for the week ending October 20, 2013, his first career Big Ten weekly award.

Tyler was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week for the week ending November 26, 2013. He was awarded the conference's second star after he recorded his first career multiple-point effort with a goal and two assists against Niagara.

During the 2014–15 season, Tyler recorded nine goals and 22 assists in 35 games, finishing third on the team in assists, and fourth in points. He led all Michigan forwards with 43 blocked shots. He was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week for the week ending December 9, 2014.

Tyler recorded his first career four-point night with four assists in an 8–3 win over Ohio State. He became the first Michigan player to record four assists in a game since Aaron Palushaj on February 13, 2009.

During the 2015–16 season, he recorded 32 goals and 24 assists in 38 games. His 56 points ranked third in the country in scoring. During the season opener on October 16, 2015, he scored the game-winning goal against Mercyhurst.

Tyler was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week, and NCAA Second Star of the Week, for the week ending January 19, 2016. He recorded four goals and three assists in two games against Ohio State. On January 17, he recorded a career-high five points, including his first career hat-trick.

Tyler was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week, and NCAA First Star of the Week, for the week ending February 2, 2016. He recorded four goals and three assists, 17 shots on goal and a plus-5 rating in two wins against Penn State. He matched a career-high with five points on January 28, and followed that up with two goals on January 30. He was also named the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Player of the Month for the month of January.

Tyler recorded a goal in every game during the month and held lead the Wolverines to a 5–0–1 record in January. He led the nation with 18 points and 10 goals in just six contests for an average of 3.00 points per game. By reaching 20 goals in 22 games, he and his teammate Kyle Connor became the fastest Michigan players to reach 20 goals since Kevin Porter had 20 goals in 21 games during the 2007–08 season. He was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week for the week ending February 9.

Tyler scored three of Michigan's six goals on the weekend for a total of four points. He joined Kyle Connor as the only players in the Big Ten to earn First Star of the Week honors three times this season.

During the 2016 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, he tied the Big Ten Tournament championship game record for most goals by an individual with two goals. With four points during the Big Ten Tournament, he surpassed 100 career points, becoming the 85th Michigan player to reach the milestone.

During the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, Tyler scored the overtime game-winning goal in the Regional Semifinals against Notre Dame, giving Michigan its first NCAA Tournament win since 2011. Following an outstanding season with the Wolverines, he was named to the All-Big Ten First Team.

Tyler ranked #2 in the nation in goal scoring, and his 12-game goal scoring streak from December 30, 2015 to February 19, 2016, was the longest by a Michigan player in the Red Berenson coaching era, since 1984.

Tyler led the team in blocked shots among forwards and ranked No. 2 in the NCAA, with 70. He was named a top-ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. He was also named an AHCA First Team All-American.

ProfessionalEdit

On April 6, 2016, Tyler signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was signed to an amateur tryout contract with the Rockford IceHogs, the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.

On October 12, 2016, he earned his first NHL assist in the Blackhawks' season opener against the St. Louis Blues on teammate Ryan Hartman's first NHL goal.

On October 21, 2016, Tyler scored his first NHL goal in a 3-2 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

On June 23, 2017, he was included in a blockbuster trade by the Blackhawks to the Columbus Blue Jackets along with Artemi Panarin and a sixth-round pick in 2017 in exchange for Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg and a fifth-round pick in 2018.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 U.S. National Under-17 Team USHL 53 25 16 41 62
2011–12 U.S. National Under-18 Team USHL 2 1 0 1 0
2012–13 U.S. National Under-18 Team USHL 67 26 19 45 50
2013–14 University of Michigan B1G 34 9 9 18 22
2014–15 University of Michigan B1G 35 9 22 31 14
2015–16 University of Michigan B1G 38 32 24 56 36
2015–16 Rockford IceHogs AHL 5 2 3 5 2 3 2 0 2 0
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 33 4 3 7 14
2016–17 Rockford IceHogs AHL 43 10 6 16 20
NHL totals 33 4 3 7 14

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 United States U17 Template:Sica 5 0 1 1 6
2013 United States U18 Template:Sica 7 5 2 7 4
2015 United States WJC 5th 5 0 1 1 2
2016 United States WC 4th 10 1 2 3 0
Junior totals 17 5 4 9 12
Senior totals 10 1 2 3 0

International PlayEdit

Medal record
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Ice hockey
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Silver 2012 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver 2013 Russia

Tyler represented the United States at the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, where he recorded one assist in five games and won a silver medal.

He represented the United States at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships where he recorded five goals and two assist in seven five games and won a silver medal. His five goals led the team, while his seven points were tied with J. T. Compher for the team lead.

Tyler represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, where he recorded one assist in five games, and finished in fifth place. He represented the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship alongside line-mates J. T. Compher and Kyle Connor. He recorded one goal and two assists in ten games.

AccoladesEdit

Awards Year
College
HCA Player of the Month January, 2016
All-Big Ten First Team 2016
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2016

Personal LifeEdit

Tyler is the son of Steve and Nancy Motte. His older brother, C.J. Motte is currently playing hockey for the Quad City Mallards in the ECHL & was a goaltender for Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

He is a graduate of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

While attending the University of Michigan, Tyler was a Sport Management major and enrolled in the School of Kinesiology.

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