Four Eagles Honored in Postseason Awards
March 19, 2014
WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Four Boston College hockey players, including senior forward Bill Arnold, junior winger Johnny Gaudreau and freshmen goaltender Thatcher Demko and defenseman Steven Santini, were honored in Hockey East’s annual postseason awards.
The Hockey East Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year along with the Hockey East First-Team, Second-Team and Honorable Mention All Stars will be unveiled on Thursday evening at the league’s postseason banquet held at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge.
Gaudreau won Hockey East’s scoring title for the second-consecutive season for only the second time in league history. The last time a skater accomplished that feat was when BC’s own David Emma after turning in 44 points (1989-90) and 51 points (1990-91), respectively.
The Carney’s Point, N.J., native registered 18 goals and 18 assists (36 points) in league play, scoring at least one point in 20-consecutive Hockey East contests. Gaudreau finished nine points ahead of his nearest competitor, linemate Kevin Hayes (11-16-27).
Gaudreau led Hockey East in several scoring categories; including goals (18), points (36) and power play points (6-5-11), finished tied for second in assists (18) and power play goals (6) and tied for third with three game-winning goals.
Nationally, Gaudreau leads in points scored (69), points per game (1.86) and goals scored (32).
Arnold was tabbed Gladiator Co-Best Defensive Forward (Ross Mauermann – Providence), marking the fourth-ever award for the Eagles and first since 2007-08 (Matt Greene).
The Needham, Mass., native has been a staple in BC’s lineup all four seasons, missing only two games as a sophomore and skating in 156 fixtures total. This season, Arnold is sixth in scoring in college hockey, averaging 1.30 points per game with 12 goals and 36 assists in 37 games played. Arnold is tied with Gaudreau for the nation’s top plus / minus mark of +34.
Demko and Santini were named to the Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team, giving Boston College the only team with two representatives. Demko was tabbed a unanimous selection along with Vermont’s Mario Puskarich and Northeastern’s Mike Szmatula.
In Hockey East play, Demko posted Hockey East’s second-lowest goal against average in league history. The San Diego, Calif., led all conference goaltenders in goals against average (1.35), save percentage (.948) and winning percentage 9-1-1 (.864) record.
With Hockey East’s lowest goals against average this season, Demko was also pegged the Stop It Goaltending Champion. The 6-foot-3 backstopper is Boston College’s 10th goalie to turn in the league’s lowest goals against average. Demko’s 1.35 GAA is the league’s best mark in 10 seasons and second only to Jimmy Howard’s figure of 1.15 GAA in 2003-04.
Santini was one of two defensemen to earn All-Rookie Team honors, leading the Eagles in blocked shots (56) this year and considered one of BC’s top shut-down rearguards.
The Mahopac, N.Y., native was fourth in plus / minus for Boston College, settling on a +24 rating and 10 points (2G – 8A – 10PTS) in 32 games played this season.
Both Demko and Santini missed some time at BC representing the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
Boston College’s Best Defensive Forwards
Mike Lephart (2000-01)
Boston College’s Scoring Champions
Scott Harlow (1985-86 – 67 points)
Boston College’s Goaltending Champions
Scott Gordon (1985-86 – 3.42 GAA)