Johnny Gaudreau becomes third player from BC to win Hobey Baker Award
PHILADELPHIA -- Johnny Gaudreau's historic junior season at Boston College has culminated in college hockey's highest individual honor. On Friday evening at the Loews Hotel, Gaudreau became the third Eagle in history to win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The Hobey Baker award is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding Division I men's college hockey player.
Gaudreau was bestowed with the award as part of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Frozen Four weekend. The runners-up for the 2014 Hobey Baker award were senior forward Greg Carey of St. Lawrence and senior forward Nic Down from St. Cloud State.
Friday's gala marked the 34th presentation of the award spearheaded by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation.
Gaudreau, along with Carey and Dowd, were selected by a 27-member selection committee from the Hobey Baker top 10 list that was recognized on March 20. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
A Hobey Hat Trick finalist last year, Gaudreau returned to the stage as the victor in 2014 with a sterling 80-point campaign. Gaudreau's 80 points in a season 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, Gaudreau has accrued 36 goals and 44 assists, averaging an NCAA-best 2.00 points per game.
Eagles' legendary head coach Jerry York has never led a player with these kinds of numbers. 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.
With the acceptance of the Hobey Baker award, Gaudreau, a Carneys Point, N.J., native, completes the clean sweep of postseason awards. In addition to Friday's prestigious honor, Gaudreau has been tabbed the Hockey East Player of the Year (back-to-back), Walter Brown Award winner (presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England), Leonard Fowle Award winner (New England's MVP presented by the New England Hockey Writers), Herb Gallagher Award winner (New England's best forward) and a Hockey East First-Team All Star.
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, Gaudreau, a 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).
Gaudreau has turned in a multi-point performance in more than half of his games in 2013-14. Most notably, he contributed six points in Boston College's first-round matchup against Denver on March 29, including his first career hat trick. Gaudreau's six-point performance in the 7-2 dispatching of Denver tied for the second most points scored all-time in an NCAA tournament game.
The fourth-round pick of the Calgary Flames (2011) becomes the first Eagle to win the Hobey Baker Award since Mike Mottau in 2000. David Emma was BC's first Hobey Baker recipient in 1991.
He is the 26th forward to win the Hobey Baker Award but the first recipient to hail from New Jersey.
Gaudreau closes out his career at Boston College as a top 10 scorer all-time. Gaudreau leaves The Heights as the 10th most prolific scorer with 78 goals and 97 assists for 175 points in 119 games played.