Brett Motherwell enjoyed an outstanding year with the Omaha Lancers this past season that was capped off with being named the USHL’s Defenseman of the Year. While he may be small in stature for a blueliner, his game is anything but that. Motherwell finished second in the league among defensemen in scoring with 38 points (5 goals, 33 assists) in 60 appearances. Among the many accolades that he earned this season include selections to the All-USHL First Team and the 2005 USHL Prospect/All-Star game. Motherwell was also the recipient of Omaha’s Jake Forbes Award for the second year in a row as the team’s top defenseman. In 2003, Motherwell was a member of Team USA’s U-18 Select squad in Slovakia that captured their first gold medal. Amazingly, Motherwell is not ranked by NHL Central Scouting.
2005-06 season: Motherwell was part of Boston College’s outstanding young defensive corps that was so crucial in their run to the Frozen Four and earned a spot on the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament team. Motherwell played in all 42 games and registering 23 points (four goals, 19 assists). The St. Charles, Ill. native capped his stellar freshman season with a selection to the Hockey East All-Rookie team and a share of Boston College’s Bernie Burke Outstanding Freshman Award.
Motherwell is a small yet incredibly strong defenseman with great offensive instincts. He possesses outstanding puck skills and can make gorgeous passes. His skating is a wonderful combination of strength and speed and seems to be constantly in motion. Motherwell has great on-ice vision and has a keen sense of knowing when to jump into plays. He is also fiercely competitive. He possesses a very heavy shot and will shoot as often as the opportunity presents itself. As good as Motherwell is offensively he is equally as good defensively.
Omaha head coach Mike Hastings’ insights on Brett Motherwell: “I think Brett will have an immediate impact at the D-I level with Boston College because there’s just not a lot of holes in his game. He is an offensive defenseman. He’s very good offensively with a fairly heavy shot. He doesn’t shy away from the physical play. Brett’s decision-making process is one where there isn’t a lot of panic in his game. He has the ability to play a quick yet poised game. I think that he’s going to be able to play in all situations right away and eat up the minutes. He might not be 6’2 or 6’3, but he’s a wide body that moves real well. He’s not a thin kid. He’s going to end up playing at around 190 lbs. The future for Brett is going to be determined by whether or not he can continue to carry that weight and maintain his quickness. He’s a powerful skater and his skating has never been a question. His feet allow him to move east and west but his strength allow him to play bigger than he is. Brett’s body strength is definitely one of his greatest assets. His hockey sense, the ability to see the ice and other people are also some of Brett’s greatest attributes. He has a great attitude and a great work ethic. I think he’ll start at BC the way he finished for us. The ability to step up and transition to the college hockey will be almost seamless for him. In my opinion Brett will be a great fit at Boston College.“