Three Eagles to Compete in IIHF World Championship
April 30, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three recent Boston College skaters, including college hockey's top two scorers from the 2013-14 season in Johnny Gaudreau (Carneys Point, N.J.) and Kevin Hayes (Dorchester, Mass.), will join Jimmy Hayes (Dorchester, Mass. - 2008-11) as part of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship from May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.
Gaudreau and J. Hayes both have experience with USA Hockey heading into the 2014 World Championship.
Most notably, Gaudreau and Team USA won gold at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. The Carneys Point, N.J., native was named one of Team USA's top three players of the tournament and accounted for seven goals and a pair of assists along the way.
J. Hayes scored a pair of goals at the 2009 World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ontario, and helped Team USA to a silver medal at the U-18 Championship with a goal and two assists. For K. Hayes, the 2014 World Championship marks his first experience with Team USA.
On April 11, Gaudreau became the third skater in Boston College history to win the Hobey Baker Award. The 5-foot-8 left winger capped off one of college hockey's most memorable seasons to date, notching the most points in a season under BC head coach Jerry York (36-44-80) and the most in NCAA action since Peter Sejna's 82-point performance with Colorado College in 2002-03.
Gaudreau had the college hockey world buzzing after turning in a 31-game point streak that matched the Hockey East record set by Maine's Paul Kariya during the 1992-93 season. In all, Gaudreau had been held off the scoring sheet only twice this past year.
K. Hayes was college hockey's second-most prolific scorer this season behind Gaudreau, averaging 1.62 points per game with 27 goals and 38 assists (65 points) in 40 outings in 2013-14. The Dorchester, Mass., native increased his junior point total by 40 points in his final campaign at Boston College and was tabbed an AHCA First-Team All-American alongside Gaudreau. Hayes joined Gaudreau in the the Hobey Baker hunt, having been included in the Hobey Baker Top 10 finalists and being listed as a Hockey East First-Team All-Star.
J. Hayes, older brother of Kevin, spent three seasons at Boston College and totaled 81 points (42-39-81) in 117 games as an Eagle. The 6-foot-6 forward played for the Chicago Blackhawks the last two seasons before being traded to the Florida Panthers where he has flourished. J. Hayes logged 18 points (11-7-18) in 53 games for Florida.
Team USA still has three spots to fill on its final roster. To date, the roster is comprised of 13 forwards, eight defensemen and one goaltender. The maximum roster size is 25.
Peter Laviolette will coach the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team.
The former NHL head coach (Philadelphia, Carolina, NY Islanders) recently served as an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia, and was the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team in Torino, Italy.
Prior to that, Laviolette was head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team at the IIHF Men's World Championship in back-to-back years (2004, 2005), leading the United States to the bronze medal in 2004.
Team USA claimed the bronze medal at the 2013 World Championship, the country's first medal since 2004 in the event.
The U.S. opens the tournament on Friday, May 9, against host Belarus in the 15,000-seat Minsk Arena.
Team USA will play seven games over 12 days as the teams jostle for medal-round positioning. The top eight teams in pool play will advance to a single-elimination tournament that culminates with the gold-medal game on May 25.
NBC Sports Network will provide live television coverage of all of Team USA's preliminary round games. Additionally, NBC Sports Live Extra -- NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets -- will stream coverage of the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
In addition to all Team USA preliminary round games, NBC will present coverage of the entire medal round, including quarterfinals, semifinals and the bronze- and gold-medal games.
More information on the 2014 World Championship can be found at: http://mensworlds.usahockey.com/