Gaudreau, Whitney Earn All-America Accolades
April 12, 2013
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Two Boston College men's ice hockey players - sophomore Johnny Gaudreau and senior Steven Whitney - have earned American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America East first-team honors, the organization announced on Friday.
Gaudreau is a Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick finalist, the Hockey East Association's Player of the Year and a unanimous All-Hockey East first-team selection as a sophomore this season. He recorded a team-high 51 points - 21 goals and 30 assists - in 35 games. Gaudreau led the nation with an average of 1.46 points per game.
The Carneys Point, N.J., resident missed two Boston College games in early January while capturing a gold medal with the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2013International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships at Ufa Arena in Ufa, Russia. He was named one of Team USA's top three players of the tournament and was voted to the media all-star team after he finished the tournament as its leading goal scorer (seven) and tied for fifth in points (nine).
A 5-foot-8, 153-pound forward also earned the Leonard Fowle Award as the New England's Most Valuable Player as well as the Herb Gallagher Award as its best forward.
Whitney recorded 45 points - 26 goals and 19 assists - in 38 games this season, ranking second in the nation in goal scoring. He won the Walter Brown Award given to the best American-born college player in New England.
The Reading, Mass., resident recorded 31 points - 18 goals and 13 assists - in 27 Hockey East games en route to All-Conference first-team honors. He led the league in assists, power play goals (8), and plus-minus (+23). He is also tied teammate Gaudreau for the top spot in the conference with six game-winning goals.
Whitney played in 160 career games and totaled 128 points - 55 goals and 73assists. Boston College won two NCAA titles and all four Beanpot tournaments during Whitney's career. He concluded his collegiate career ranked tied for 15th on the school's all-time games played list, is tied for 43rd on the school's all-time points list and is tied for 45th on the school's goals scored list.
Whitney signed a free-agent contract with the Anaheim Ducks organization on April 4 and has played two games with the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals.
BC finished the 2012-13 season with a 22-12-4 record, including a 15-9-3 conference mark.