Gaudreau, Kuechly Nominated for ESPY Awards
June 26, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College's Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Johnny Gaudreau has been nominated for the 2014 ESPY awards as presented by ESPN. The Carneys Point, N.J., native is eligible to win the Best Male College Athlete ESPY award.
The winners of the 2014 ESPYs will be broadcast live on ESPN on Wednesday, July 16, following a nationwide fan vote on ESPN.com. Fans can vote for Gaudreau here.
Gaudreau is up for Best Male College Athlete of the Year against four other current or former student-athletes from the 2013-14 season. Doug McDermott (Creighton - men's basketball), David Taylor (Penn State - wrestling), Lyle Thompson (Albany - lacrosse) and Jameis Winston (Florida State - football) will join Gaudreau as eligible candidates.
The current Calgary Flame has won every single award he has been eligible for in 2013-14.
Along with winning college hockey's highest individual honor in the Hobey Baker Memorial Award on April 11, 2014, Gaudreau has been tabbed USA Hockey's College Hockey Player of the Year, Hockey East Player of the Year, Division I New England Player of the Year and the Walter Brown Award winner.
In his junior season at Boston College, Gaudreau's 80-point campaign (36-44-80) is the third-highest total in Boston College history and the most of any college hockey player since Peter Sejna's 82-point performance with Colorado College in 2002-03. In 40 games played, the third-year forward has accrued 36 goals and 44 assists, averaging 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.
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 following his acceptance of the Hobey Baker award, Gaudreau suited up in his first professional game with the Calgary Flames and scored his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot against Vancouver on April 13, 2014.
Kuechly left the Heights as one of the most decorated defensive players in college football history, finishing his collegiate career with a school-record 532 tackles, including 299 solo tackles, in 38 games. He ranks among the NCAA career leaders in several defensive statistical categories, including second in career total tackles (532) and first in career total tackles per game (14.0). He twice captured the NCAA statistical championship in both tackles per game (14.1 in 2010 and 15.9 in 2011) and solo tackles per game (8.5 in 2010 and 8.5 in 2011) and he recorded at least 10 tackles in 34 of 38 career games, including a streak of 33 straight games. In his final season at BC he earned the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the national defensive player of the year, the Butkus Award given to the nation's most outstanding linebacker, the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's lineman or inside linebacker of the year, the Lott Impact Trophy given to the defensive player of the year and was a consensus All-American.
The 2014 ESPY Awards show will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 16, with host Drake.