UMass hockey captain Bobby Trivigno signs with New York Rangers

  • UMass captain Bobby Trivigno signed with the New York Rangers on Friday. He'll join the team's AHL affiliate the Hartford Wolf Pack. CHRIS TUCCI/UMASS ATHLETICS

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Published: 4/1/2022 8:02:07 PM
Modified: 4/1/2022 8:01:39 PM

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Bobby Trivigno’s leaving UMass.

The senior forward agreed to terms with the New York Rangers, the team announced Friday. It’s a two-year deal that begins with the 2022-23 season. He’ll report to the team’s AHL affiliate the Hartford Wolf Pack and could play Saturday against the Syracuse Crunch. Trivigno joins fellow former Minuteman defenseman Zac Jones in the Rangers system.

“The kids who are really chased after like Bobby, it takes a little while. He had a really nice list of teams, he narrowed it down, he had a good process. He grew up a Rangers fan. I’m excited for him,” UMass coach Greg Carvel said. “He had the feeling I’m going to have to continue to prove myself and outwork other people, and if I can find my way to the top of the mountain, I want it to be the New York Rangers mountain.”

An undrafted free agent, Trivigno became UMass’ all-time leading scorer in the Hockey East era with 131 points in 139 games. His Plus-75 rating is first in program history. The Setauket, N.Y., native is fourth in UMass history with 78 assists and tied for fifth with 53 goals. His nine game-winning goals are second in team history.

“He did everything exactly how you’re supposed to. His process and four years of success on the ice and in every other way, it helps kids when you leave here and you know I’ve done all I can here,” Carvel said. 

This season, Trivigno set career highs with 20 goals and 29 assists. He won the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born college hockey player in New England for the second consecutive year and was named both the Hockey East player of the year and a Hobey Baker top 10 finalist. College Hockey News also named him its player of the year Friday.

“He’s got a college career that won’t be forgotten any time soon by myself or fans of this program. I don’t know if anyone will ever match the resume he put together, Carvel said. “He couldn’t have given more. You saw it every night on the ice, he gave it everything.”

His career resume includes a national championship, two Hockey East tournament titles, a Hockey East regular season championship, the 2021 Frozen Four most outstanding player award and first-team all-America honors as a junior. The 2022 all-American teams will be released April 8.

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