York, Gaudreau Headline Hockey East Awards
March 20, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Boston College head coach Jerry York was tabbed Hockey East Coach of the Year and junior forward Johnny Gaudreau earned his second-consecutive Player of the Year honor as announced by the league at its annual postseason banquet at the Royal Sonesta.
Senior forward Kevin Hayes and sophomore defenseman Michael Matheson joined Gaudreau as Hockey East First-Team All Stars while senior centerman Bill Arnold and rookie goaltender Thatcher Demko were heralded as Hockey East honorable mention.
York collects his third Hockey East Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Eagles to a 26-7-4 mark, including a 19-game unbeaten streak that spanned 92 days from Dec. 6, 2013, to Feb. 22, 2014. Boston College won 17 games and tied twice during that span, matching BC's longest unbeaten spell his club put together during the 2011-12 season that culminated in a national title (Jan. 27 - April 7, 2012).
In 2003-04, the Eagles won the Hockey East regular season title with a 17-4-3 record in league play and a 20-6-1 total heading into the league tournament. York was also crowned Coach of the Year for the 2010-11 season after BC won the regular season bid with a mark of 20-6-1.
Under York, BC has won 25 games or more in a season for the fourth time in five years and nine of the last 11. This season, the Eagles won their 20th game in just 27 contests, marking the second quickest under York's 20-year tenure on The Heights.
Boston College has won Coach of the Year four times. Len Ceglarski was voted Coach of the Year in Hockey East's inaugural season in 1984-85.
Gaudreau collected his second-straight Hockey East Player of the Year award after another league-leading performance offensively. The 5-foot-8 left winger scored at least one point in all 20 conference tilts and totaled 18 goals and 18 assists in Hockey East play. Throughout a majority of the season, Gaudreau has led the entire NCAA in scoring and currently leads the country with 1.86 points per game.
The Carneys Point, N.J., native made headlines this season when he assembled a point streak that tied a Hockey East legend. Gaudreau secured a 31-game point streak that spanned from Nov. 1, 2013, to March 15, 2014. His 134-day run matched the University of Maine's Paul Kariya and his 31-game streak that stretched from Oct. 23, 1992, to March 2, 1993. Over the course of Gaudreau's point streak, he accrued 29 goals and 32 assists, averaging 1.91 points per game and a +33 rating.
Gaudreau has been held off the score sheet only twice in 37 games played this season (Oct. 27 - at Minnesota and March 16 vs. Notre Dame).
Only two other Hockey East skaters have won the Player of the Year award consecutively. The last to accomplish the feat was Boston University's Chris Drury (1996-97 and 1997-98). The first to do it was current associate head coach Greg Brown. Brown was heralded Hockey East Player of the Year for both the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons. Current BC assistant coach Mike Ayers was voted co-Player of the Year (with BC's Ben Eaves) in 2002-03 when he was a goaltender at the University of New Hampshire.
Gaudreau is the 10th Eagle to earn Player of the Year distinction and Boston College has enjoyed the award on 12 occasions.
Hayes was tabbed a Hockey East First-Team All Star after a breakout season that has resulted in 24 goals and 32 assists to this point. In Hockey East play, Hayes is second in the conference in scoring behind Gaudreau, averaging 1.35 points per game (11-16-27). In 37 games played all year, Hayes averaged 1.51 points per game, good for second in the country.
The Dorchester, Mass., native is sixth in goal scoring with 0.67 tallies per game and tied forth eighth in assists with 0.86 apg. Hayes logged six game-winning goals this year, just one of 10 players in college hockey to attain that figure.
Thursday's honor marks Hayes' first postseason award from Hockey East.
Matheson's listing as a Hockey East First-Team All Star helps the first team consist of half Eagles.
The Pointe-Claire, Quebec, native gathers his second Hockey East postseason award after being voted to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team last year.
Matheson is fifth amongst all defensemen in Hockey East scoring, averaging 0.67 points per game in league play. The sophomore played a big role in the Eagles' penalty-killing efforts and tied with two others for the league lead in short-handed points (0-3-3). In all, Matheson has posted three goals and 14 assists with a +17 mark on the year.
Arnold turned in a career season and is currently listed as sixth in the country in scoring, averaging 1.30 points per game (12-36-48). The Needham, Mass., native is fourth in college hockey with 36 assists (0.97 apg) and tied Gaudreau for the NCAA's top plus/minus mark of +34.
After being named to the All-Rookie Team, Demko joined Arnold as an Honorable Mention after a sterling campaign in the league. In conference play, the San Diego, Calif., native dominated every major category, leading the league in goals against average (1.35), save percentage (.948) and winning percentage (.849). Demko's 1.35 GAA is the second-lowest mark in Hockey East history behind Maine's Jimmy Howard in 2003-04 (1.15 GAA).
Nationally, Demko finished with the seventh-best winning percentage (.738) and 14th-best goal against average (2.13).
Boston College awaits its NCAA Tournament fate upon Sunday's selection show starting at noon on ESPNU.
2013-14 Hockey East Awards
Warrior Player of the Year: Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College (Runner-up: Clay Witt, Northeastern)
Bob Kullen Coach of the Year sponsored by Bauer: Jerry York, Boston College (Runner-up: Jim Madigan, Northeastern)
Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Year: Mario Puskarich, Vermont (Runner-up: Mike Szmatula, Northeastern)
Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award: New Hampshire
Len Ceglarski Individual Sportsmanship Award: Ross Mauermann, Providence (Runners-up: Bryan Rust, Notre Dame and Conor Sheary, UMass)
Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman: Josh Manson, Northeastern (Runner-up: Stephen Johns, Notre Dame)
Gladiator Co-Best Defensive Forwards: Bill Arnold, Boston College, and Ross Mauermann, Providence (Third-place: Jeff Costello, Notre Dame)
Three Stars Award: Clay Witt, Northeastern (Runner-up: Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College)
Stop It Goaltending Champion: Thatcher Demko, Boston College (Runner-up: Steven Summerhays, Notre Dame)
Second-Team All Stars G: Clay Witt, NU D: Stephen Johns, ND D: Eric Knodel, UNH D: Josh Manson, NU F: Kevin Goumas, UNH F: Chris McCarthy, UVM F: Kevin Roy, NU
All-Rookie Team G: Thatcher Demko, BC (unanimous) D: Michael Kapla, UML D: Steven Santini, BC F: Robbie Bailargeon, BU F: Vince Hinostroza, ND F: Mario Puskarich, UVM (unanimous) F: Mike Szmatula, NU (unanimous)