BC’s Gaudreau caps NCAA career with Hobey Baker Award

By DJ Powers

Johnny Gaudreau - 2014 Hobey Baker Memorial Award

Photo: Boston College junior forward and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau took college hockey’s top honor, the Hobey Baker Award, then signed his first NHL contract with the Flames (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

To no one’s surprise, Boston College junior Johnny Gaudreau was named the winner of the 2014 Hobey Baker Award as announced on Friday at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

Gaudreau is the third Boston College player to win the Hobey Baker Award, joining Mike Mottau (2000) and David Emma (1991).

The Carneys Point, NJ native was the most consistent point producer in the nation this season. Gaudreau leads the nation in a number of categories including points (80), goals (36), assists (44) and plus/minus (+41) in 40 games this season. In reaching the 80-point mark, Gaudreau becomes the first player since 2002-03 to accomplish the feat. Even more impressive is the fact that he was held pointless in just two games this season.

One of Gaudreau’s crowning achievements this season came on March 15th versus Notre Dame. In that game, Gaudreau tied Paul Kariya’s Hockey East record of 31 consecutive games with at least one point.

In addition to winning the Hobey Baker Award, Gaudreau garnered many other honors this season, as well, including Hockey East Player of the Year and the Walter Brown Award.

Gaudreau played his final game on Thursday in the first Frozen Four semi-final game versus Union College. The Dutchmen defeated the Eagles 5-4.

“Johnny is a terrific representative of Boston College,” assistant coach Greg Brown said of Gaudreau after the ceremony. “Everything that Johnny Gaudreau is about on and off the ice is what you want a Boston College student-athlete to be. Obviously his on-ice accolades speak for themselves. Off the ice, he’s conscientious and polite and just lives the right way.

“The only thing that I can think of that people might underestimate about Johnny is the incredible competitiveness that he has inside of him. He brings it every single day to every single practice and of course every single game. You’ll notice in practice if Johnny misses a shot or doesn’t handle a pass cleanly, he gets really mad, but he doesn’t make a scene of it. In contrast, when you see Johnny off the ice, he’s smiling and happy and really enjoys where he is. His focus, competitiveness and determination when he’s out on the ice are things that people might miss unless they’re watching him very closely.”

Shortly after winning the Hobey Baker Award, Gaudreau signed with the Calgary Flames. Like the Hobey Baker announcement, his signing with Calgary came as no real surprise. Also signing with the Flames on Friday was Gaudreau's linemate, senior Bill Arnold. Both Gaudreau and Arnold are expected to be in Calgary by Sunday.

Gaudreau finishes his illustrious three-year career at Boston College tenth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 175 points (78 goals, 97 assists) in 119 career games.

And college hockey fans will forever know him as simply “Johnny Hockey”.

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