Hayes, Gaudreau Amongst Hobey Top 10 Finalists
March 20, 2014
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau and senior forward Kevin Hayes are among the 10 finalists for the 2014 Hobey Baker Award. Boston College is the only institution to have a pair of representatives on the Hobey Baker Top 10 finalists list this season.
Gaudreau returns to the Hobey watch list after being selected as a Hobey hat trick finalist last season.
The Carneys Point, N.J., native has led the country for a majority of the season in scoring and is currently in first place, averaging 1.86 points per game. The 5-foot-8 left winger also leads college hockey with 32 goals, averaging 0.86 goals per game, and his 1.00 assists per outing is tied for second in the NCAA.
Gaudreau’s 69 points (32-37-69) is the highest aggregate in college hockey since Andy Miele’s (Miami – Ohio) 71-point campaign in 2010-11. At Boston College, the junior’s 69 points rank ninth-best all time for a single season mark. Amongst all junior skaters at BC, Gaudreau's aggregate is third-best all time.
One of Gaudreau’s biggest highlights throughout the regular season was his 31-game point streak, trying a long standing Hockey East record set by Paul Kariya during the 1992-93 season. Gaudreau’s scoring streak started on Nov. 1, 2013, and was snapped on March 16, 2014. In 37 games played, Gaudreau has been held scoreless only twice this season.
After a breakout senior campaign, Hayes earns a spot on the Hobey Baker top ten list after turning in one of college hockey’s most prolific seasons offensively.
The Dorchester, Mass., native is averaging 1.51 points per game, posting 24 goals and 32 assists for 56 points in 37 games played. Hayes quadrupled last year’s goal total (6) and strung together a career-high 12-game point streak that included an eight-game string of multi-point performances. In his final outing of that spell, Hayes capped it with a hat trick and two helpers against Maine on Jan. 18, 2014.
The 6-foot-4 right winger is one of 10 skaters in college hockey to score six game-winning goals this season. Hayes was also named the 2014 Beanpot MVP following a strong performance to help lead the Eagles to their fifth-consecutive title.
The ten finalists were selected by voting from all 59 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting at www.hobeybakeraward.com. Next, the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting (at www.hobeybakeraward.com from March 20-30) will determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award include: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
The Hobey Hat Trick finalists will be announced on Wednesday, Aprl 2, at 10 a.m. (EST) and the winner of the 2014 Hobey Baker trophy will be unveiled in Philadelphia, the site of this year’s Frozen Four, on Friday, April 6, at 5 p.m. (EST).
HOBEY BAKER TOP TEN FINALISTS