Three Eagles Earn All-America Status
April 14, 2014
PHILADEPHIA – Three Boston College skaters, including senior Kevin Hayes, junior Johnny Gaudreau and sophomore Michael Matheson, have earned American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America East honors, the organization announced Friday at the Hobey Baker Memorial Award ceremony. Hayes and Gaudreau were named First-Team All-Americans while Matheson was voted to the second team.
Gaudreau becomes the 10th Eagle in program history to earn All-America status twice. Hayes is Boston College’s 43rd representative to earn First-Team All-American honors in program history while Matheson is the 18th Eagle to land a spot on the second team.
Before winning BC’s third-ever Hobey Baker Award in program history on April 11, 2014, Gaudreau was tabbed First-Team All-American after posting the third-best single season in Boston College history. The 5-foot-8 left winger notched 80 points, including 36 goals and 44 assists, and averaged an NCAA-best 2.00 points per game.
Gaudreau's 80 points in a season falls just three points shy of the school record set by Craig Janney (28-55-83) in 1986-87.
Gaudreau's NCAA-leading points total (80), goals aggregate (36) and assists figure (44) can be attributed to a streak that had the college hockey world buzzing for nearly the entire season. Starting on Nov. 1, 2013, Gaudreau strung together a 31-game point streak that matched the Hockey East record set by Maine's Paul Kariya during the 1992-93 season. In all, the 5-foot-8 forward has been held off the scoring sheet only twice this year (Oct. 27 at Minnesota and March 16 vs. Notre Dame).
The Carneys Point, N.J., native has swept every major award this season, including the Hobey Baker Award, Hockey East Player of the Year, Walter Brown Award, Leonard Fowle Award, Herb Gallagher Award and a Hockey East First-Team All Star.
Hayes accumulated 65 points in his final season on The Heights, a 40-point improvement from his junior season that was cut short due to injury. The Dorchester, Mass., native finished second in scoring amongst all college skaters this season with 1.62 points per game. Hayes tallied 27 goals and 28 assists in 40 games played.
The 6-foot-4 right winger joined Gaudreau as a Hockey East First-Team All Star this season. He tied for sixth in goals scored his season (0.68 goals per game) and notched the third-most game-winning goals with six. Hayes was tabbed a Hobey Baker Top 10 finalist on March 20, 2014.
In his second season at Boston College, Matheson helped anchor the Eagles’ defense that ranked 12th in the NCAA, surrendering just 2.35 goals per game.
The Point-Claire, Quebec, native lead BC’s defensive unit in scoring this season with three goals and 18 assists and was a +19 in 38 games played.
Gaudreau signed a deal with Calgary moments following the Hobey Baker ceremeony. In only 119 games played, Gaudreau leaves The Heights as the 10th-most prolific scorer in program history. He notched 78 goals and 97 assists for 175 points, averaging 1.47 points per game. That figure stands as the highest mark head coach Jerry York has ever mentored.
Hayes leaves Boston College after four seasons with 132 points, tied for 40th all-time.
Boston College advanced to its 24th Frozen Four appearance all-time, tying Michigan for most in college hockey history, and 11th under York. The Eagles finished the season with a 28-8-4 mark, including a 16-2-2 total in league play that culminated in a Hockey East regular season championship.