Gaudreau Tabbed College Hockey Player of the Year
May 27, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former Boston College forward and current member of the Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau was tabbed College Player of the Year by USA Hockey on Thursday, May 22.
USA Hockey’s College Player of the Year Award annually recognizes an individual’s outstanding performance during the U.S. college hockey season.
Gaudreau’s most recent collegiate honor follows his exploits with Team USA at the 2014 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. Despite Team USA’s loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals on May 22, 2014, Gaudreau led the United States with 10 points in seven games, including two goals and eight assists.
The Carneys Point, N.J., native won college hockey’s highest individual honor on April 11, claiming the Hobey Baker Memorial Award after posting the most points in college hockey since 2002-03. Gaudreau became the third Eagle in BC history to win the Hobey Baker award, following in the footsteps of David Emma (1991) and Mike Mottau (2000).
The 5-foot-8 left winger accrued 80 points (36 goals – 44 assists) in 40 games, marking the third-highest single season total in Boston College hockey history. Gaudreau’s 80-point campaign is the most productive under head coach Jerry York.
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).
Two days after receiving the Hobey Baker award, Gaudreau debuted with the Calgary Flames in Vancouver and scored his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot.