Gaudreau Named Hobey Hat Trick Finalist
April 2, 2014
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau has been named one of three Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick finalists according to the committee's announcement on Wednesday morning. April 2. This marks the second consecutive year Gaudreau has earned this distinction as the junior forward was runner-up for the Hobey Baker Award in 2013.
The other two Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists are senior forward Greg Carey from St. Lawrence University and senior forward Nic Dowd from St. Cloud State University.
Not only will Gaudreau be alongside Carey and Dowd, he will be accompanied by his entire 2013-14 Eagle teammates, who qualified for their second Frozen Four appearance in three seasons.
This year, Gaudreau is rewriting history at Boston College and is in the midst of one of the greatest individual seasons in school history.
The Carneys Point, N.J., native has accumulated 77 points in 39 games played, including 35 goals and 42 assists with a +41 rating. Gaudreau's 77 points is the most of any single player head coach Jerry York has led on The Heights and is currently fourth best all-time for a single season at Boston College. It is also the most points scored by a junior at BC in school history.
The 5-foot-8 left winger's 77 points is the highest total at Boston College since Marty Reasoner's 73-point campaign in 1997-98. He is currently six points back of matching the school record set by Craig Janney in 1986-87 (28-55-83).
Gaudreau's total of 35 goals is tied for fourth best in program history (David Emma (1989-90), Kevin Stevens (1986-87) and Nathan Gerbe (2007-08)) and his sum of 42 assists is ninth best amongst Eagle lore.
A back-to-back Hockey East Player of the Year and unanimous All-Hockey East first-team selection, Gaudreau has led college hockey in scoring for majority of the season and is currently in the lead, averaging nearly two points per game (1.97 ppg). His 35 goals, 42 assists, 77 points, 1.97 points per game, seven game-winning goals and +41 plus/minus rating are the current standards in the NCAA to date.
One of Gaudreau's most notable stretches this year was his 31-game point streak that started on Nov. 1, 2013, and lasted through March 15, 2014. His stretch run tied the Hockey East record set by Maine's Paul Kariya during the 1992-93 season.
This past weekend and the NCAA Northeast regional in Worcester, Mass., Gaudreau exploded for a six-point performance, including his first-career hat trick, to propel BC past Denver, 6-2, in the first round of the tournament. He followed that with a pair of assists in the Eagles' 4-3 victory over UMass Lowell to clinch a spot in the Frozen Four. Gaudreau's six points on March 29 are tied for second most all-time in an NCAA Tournament game.
In 118 games played, Gaudreau has accrued 172 points, including 77 goals and 95 assists. He is 12th all-time in both points and goals for a career at Boston College.
Minnesota-Duluth has had five Hobey Baker winners pass through its program while Minnesota and Harvard are second and third, respectively, with four and three apiece. Boston College is one of eight school with two winners (David Emma, 1991 and Mike Mottau, 2000).
The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year's Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
This year's Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 11, 2014, from the Loews Hotel Millennium Ballroom in Philadelphia, Pa., during the NCAA Frozen Four. The 34th annual announcement will be televised live locally on Comcast and at NHL.com at 6 p.m., ET, and at the Hobey website, www.hobeybakeraward.com. Here is more on this year's three finalists:
Johnny Gaudreau - Boston College, Junior, Forward, Carneys Point, New Jersey
Gaudreau, is a Hobey hat trick finalist for the second straight year. He's leading the nation in scoring, averaging almost two points per game with 77 points - the most of any Division I player in 11 years. The Hockey East scoring champion was named the conference Player of the Year and First Team all-conference and has recorded points in all but two games this year including tying a Hockey East record with a 31-game point streak (Paul Kariya-Maine). Gaudreau has 35 goals and 42 assists for 77 points in 39 games, ranking first in the nation in points, goals and assists. He also tops the nation in plus-minus with a +41. A communications major and Calgary draft pick (4th round), he was awarded the Walter Brown Award as the best American born player in New England. At the NCAA Northeast Regional, he scored 3 goals and 3 assists in the Eagles 6-2 win over Denver, and added 2 more assists on the first two goals of the 4-3 win over Lowell in the regional final. He spends some time visiting elementary schools and is a mentor for a special needs team.
Greg Carey - St. Lawrence University, Senior, Forward, Hamilton, Ontario
A repeat Hobey Baker top ten finalist, Carey can now include a Hobey hat trick finalist to his resume. Last year, he led the nation in goals and this year he sits second in the nation in assists (39) and first in power play points (31). Carey has led the Saints in scoring for four straight years and repeats as scoring champion in the ECAC. He scored 18 goals and 39 assists for 57 points in 38 games and sits third in the nation in scoring. For the second straight year he is First Team all- conference in the ECAC and added co-Player of the Year honors while also being a finalist for Student-Athlete of the Year. He has been an All-Academic student all four years majoring in history with a 3.68 GPA. Last week, he signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes. Carey has been a member of the school's advisory committee on athletics and participates with the Saints Kids Club and helped organize the annual Teddy Bear toss.
Nic Dowd - St. Cloud State University, Senior, Forward, Huntsville, Alabama
Renowned as a solid two-way player, Dowd was a big part of St. Cloud State clinching the first ever NCHC regular season title. Dowd, captain of the Huskies follows in the footsteps of ex-teammate Drew LeBlanc, last year's Hobey Baker Award winner. Dowd was honored with three league awards: First Team all-conference, Defensive Forward of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He tied for the team lead in points, scoring 22 goals and 18 assists for 39 points in 38 games and is tied for seventh in the nation in goals. Effective on the man-advantage, Dowd bagged 10 power play goals tying him for fifth in the nation and chipped in with five game winning goals, including the overtime winner in the Huskies West Regional semifinal. Dowd just signed with the team that drafted him the Los Angeles Kings (7th round). Dowd is a bio-medicine major carrying a 3.61 GPA. He has worked with the school's Student Advisory Council and assists with new student move-ins, organized the Locks of Love campaign last year with his teammates and has helped out with the local Humane Society.