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Gerbe Goes from MOP to NHL

CHN Staff Report

BOSTON — The defending national champs did not go unscathed this offseason, losing star forward and recent NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player Nathan Gerbe to the NHL.

Gerbe, who would've been a senior next season, was a Hobey Baker Award runner up and would have been a favorite for next year's honor, signed with the Buffalo Sabres, the team that drafted him in the fifth round in 2005.

"We're very excited for Nathan and his decision to pursue his hockey career with the Buffalo Sabres," BC head coach Jerry York said. "He has had a tremendous influence on our university and, in particular, our team. We wish him the very best of luck."

Gerbe earned All-America first-team honors and was a runner-up for the Hobey Baker Award this past season.

The Oxford, Mich., resident led all Division I scorers with 68 points — 35 goals and 33 assists — in 43 games in 2007-08. Gerbe's 35 goals ranks tied for fourth with David Emma (1990-91) and Kevin Stevens (1986-87) on the school's single-season record list while his point total ranks tied for 10th (with three others) on BC's single-season list.

Gerbe earned NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player honors after scoring eight points — five goals and three assists — in victories over North Dakota and Notre Dame in guiding Boston College to the 2008 national title last month in Denver.

Gerbe played in 123 career games during his three years at BC and totaled 133 points — 71 goals and 62 assists.

Gerbe has extensive international experience, having represented the U.S. at the World Junior Hockey Championships (2006, 2007), and at the World Under-18 Championships (2004, 2005). Prior to attending Boston College, Gerbe spent two seasons (2003-05) with the U.S. National Under-18 Team in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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