March 21, 2013
Boston College sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau earned Hockey East Association Player of the Year honors and was joined on the All-Conference first team by senior Steven Whitney, the league announced at its annual awards banquet at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.
Additionally, senior defenseman Patrick Wey, who earned the league's Best Defensive Defenseman honor on Wednesday, captured All-Hockey East second-team recognition.
Gaudreau is just the fourth underclassman in league history to be selected as player of the year, joining NHL legends Brian Leetch and Paul Kariya and Boston College associate head coach Greg Brown (1989).
Gaudreau is the 10th Boston College player to capture the league's Player of the Year award. The previous recipients are: Scott Harlow (1986), Brian Leetch (1987), Greg Brown (1989 and 1990), David Emma (1991), Mike Mottau (2000), Brian Gionta (2001), Ben Eaves (2003), Patrick Eaves (2005) and Chris Collins (2006).
Gaudreau opened his second season with at least one point in each of his first 12 games, including nine goals and nine assists during a 10-game win streak for the Eagles. He closed the regular season in equally dramatic fashion, scoring twice and setting up four of the five other BC goals in a 7-2 win at Vermont, to finish four points ahead of Merrimack's Mike Collins for the scoring title.
He leads all Division I players with a 1.48 points-per-game average, spearheading the nation's No. 2 overall offense (3.44 goals per game).
Whitney, who received the 61st annual Walter Brown award announced on Tuesday, recorded 31 points - 18 goals and 13 assists - in 27 Hockey East games. He ranks first in the conference in assists, power play goals (8), and plus-minus (+23). He is also tied with teammate Gaudreau for the top spot in the conference with six game-winning goals.
The Reading, Mass., resident has recorded 43 points - 25 goals and 18 assists - in 36 games this season. He ranks second on the national leaderboard in goals.
Wey, a 6-foot-3, 207-pound product of Pittsburgh, Pa., recorded nine points - one goal and eight assists - in 26 conference games and ranked seventh in plus-minus (+15) in Hockey East.
Boston College (22-10-4), the No. 2 seed in the 29th Hockey East Tournament, will face No. 2 seed Boston University (20-15-2) in the semifinals of the league championship on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. at TD Garden. No. 1 seed UMass-Lowell (24-10-2) and No. 4 seed Providence College (17-13-7) will lead in semifinal competition on Friday at 5 p.m.
The 29th annual Hockey East Tournament championship game will be on Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. All three games will be televised by the New England Sports Network as well as the NBC Sports Network.