Gaudreau Wins 2014 Hobey Baker Award
CHN Staff Report
PHILADELPHIA Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau won the 2014 Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
Gaudreau led the nation in every major scoring category with 36 goals, 44 assists and 80 points — the most points in college hockey since Peter Sejna's 82 (36 goals and 46 assists) for Colorado College in 2002-03. He outdid St. Cloud State center Nic Dowd and St. Lawrence winger Greg Carey to win the honor.
The Carneys Point, N.J., native is the third Boston College player to win the award, following defenseman Mike Mottau in 2000 and David Emma in 1991.
Gaudreau, a 2011 fourth-round pick, of the Calgary Flames, signed a three-year entry-level deal with team on Friday afternoon. He is expected to report to the team after Friday's event.
"I think it's just trying to prove people wrong," Gaudreau said. "There's a ton of guys in the NHL that are small and are doing really, really well and proving people wrong. I'm just excited I get the chance to be a part of something like that, try to contribute offensively and defensively."
Earlier this season, Gaudreau recorded a 31-game point streak, which matched a Hockey East record set by 1993 Hobey Baker winner Paul Kariya of Maine. In that stretch, Gaudreau scored 29 goals and assisted on 31.
His Boston College team won a Hockey East Regular-Season Championship, as well as a fifth consecutive Beanpot. On Thursday night, the Eagles' season ended with a 5-4 loss to Union in a national semifinal. Despite the loss, Gaudreau said playing so close to home in such a big stage was a proud moment.
"It's definitely exciting to win it wherever you are, but being close to home, I had a whole bunch of family and friends here, and they got to watch me play last night," Gaudreau said. "It's really exciting, and I'm pretty happy to get the chance to be a part of this."
Against the Dutchmen, Gaudreau was his usual self, scoring the Eagles' opening goal and adding a pair of assists.
"It's tough to win this and not be playing with my team tomorrow night," Gaudreau said. "The guys were here supporting me, and I wish I could've done a little bit more to get them there."
His career in BC spanned 119 games in three seasons. During that time, he recorded 175 points on 78 goals and 97 assists. He is 10th on BC's all-time scoring list.
As a freshman in 2011-12, Gaudreau scored 21 goals and assisted on 21 on BC's most recent national championship team. Last season, he was in the Hobey Hat Trick with a 21-goal, 30-assist year.
On Friday afternoon, he was also named a First Team All-American to add to the number of honors he picked up on his career. Gaudreau is the two-time reigning Hockey East Player of the Year as well as the 2013-14 College Hockey News Player of the Year.