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New York Rangers land free agent defenceman Mat Bodie

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Days after helping Union College earn it's first NCAA title with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 24-year-old defenseman Mat Bodie has been signed by the New York Rangers.

According to Katie Strang of ESPN New York, Bodie's agent Brian Bartlett, told ESPN that the deal was completed on Tuesday. The announcement comes shortly after the Metropolitan rival, Philadelphia Flyers, signed Bodie's Union teammate, Shayne Gostisbehere, to an entry-level contract.

Bodie, an East St. Paul, Manitoba native, was named captain of the Dutchmen prior to his junior year and held the title as such through his senior year where he posted a career-high eight goals and 31 assists in 40 games. He finished his time at Union College with 28 goals, 96 assists and 143 penalty minutes in 154 contests.

His 96 assists are the most tallied by any Union hockey player since the school began playing Division I in 1991-1992.

The Rangers will square off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals without their newest defenseman who does not plan to join the club until development camp this summer. In the meantime, Bodie will remain at school to finish his degree.

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