Long Island native Bobby Trivigno won an Anderson Cup with the Waterloo Black Hawks and an NCAA National Championship at the University of Massachusetts. Now he celebrates another milestone in his hockey career by signing a contract with the National Hockey League team he cheered for as a boy: the New York Rangers.
Trivigno is the second Black Hawks alumnus to make a deal with an NHL team since the college hockey regular season ended. Last week, forward Vladislav Firstov agreed to terms with the Minnesota Wild.
Like Firstov, Trivigno spent one season in Waterloo. During his 2017/18 campaign, Trivigno ranked fourth in team scoring with 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists). Two of the three players ahead of him on Waterloo’s stat sheet – Jack Drury and Jackson Cates – have already made their NHL debuts. Trivigno provided a particular boost on special teams with 15 power play points (seven goals, eight assists) and five shorthanded (one goal, four assists). He also delivered three game-winning goals as Waterloo produced a league-best 38-14-8 record, winning the Anderson Cup on the final night of the regular season.
For the past four winters, Trivigno has played for the University of Massachusetts, helping to make the Minutemen one of the top teams in college hockey. He skated in 139 games for UMass, accumulating 53 goals and 78 assists, in addition to a career +73 plus/minus differential. Trivigno was team captain in 2021/22 and won both the Walter Brown Award (as the best American college hockey player in New England) and the Hockey East Player of the Year Award.
During the 2020/21 college season, the Minutemen won their first college hockey national championship. Trivigno was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four, becoming the third former Black Hawk to claim that honor after J.T. Brown in 2011 and Parker Milner in 2012.
The last Black Hawks alumni to appear for the Rangers were wearing their blue shirts before Trivigno was born. Twin brothers Chris and Peter Ferraro combined to skate in 22 regular season games for New York in the mid-to-late 90s.