Cue the “Coming Home” music!
Setauket native and college free agent Bobby Trivigno has signed a contract with the New York Rangers. Trivigno, who recently completed his senior season at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was one of college hockey’s top free agents.
The 23-year-old forward was among 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker award, given to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player. College Hockey News named him its Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season. He finished this past season with 20 goals and 29 assists in 37 games.
Trivigno, whose family had season tickets to the Rangers when he was younger, is well known for his determination, grit and work ethic. Trivigno is 5-foot-8, but plays much bigger than that, according to UMass head coach Greg Carvel.
“His will really kind of makes up for that difference in size,” Carvel told the New York Post. “Throw a puck in the corner with him and anybody at this level, I don’t care how big the other person is, he’ll come out with it more times than not.
Trivigno, who last year helped UMass capture its first national championship in program history.finished his college career 53 goals, 78 assists and 131 points in 139 games.