Fourth consecutive year that USHL alum named top player in college hockey
Continuing with his haul of hockey awards over his young career, Johnny Gaudreau added another on Friday and put a stamp on his junior season by being named the recipient of the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player.
He led all of NCAA Division I hockey in scoring with 80 points (36g, 44a) over 40 games while leading Boston College to a Frozen Four appearance. His point total was 15 more than the next highest player and the most by a Division I player in 11 years. The 20-year-old also tied a Hockey East record by putting together a 31-game point streak this season.
It was the second consecutive season that Gaudreau had been one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, joining USHL alums Drew Leblanc (Chicago Steel) and Eric Hartzell (Sioux Falls Stampede) last year. Another USHL alum joined Gaudreau among this year’s three finalists – Nic Dowd of the St. Cloud State University, who played for the Indiana Ice during the 2009-10 season.
Over three seasons at Boston College, Gaudreau has racked up 175 points (78g, 97a) in 119 games at the school and helped the Eagles reach the Frozen Four twice, which included winning the 2012 NCAA championship as a freshman.
Gaudreau spent the 2010-11 season in the USHL with the Dubuque Fighting Saints, coming to the League at just 17 years old. Despite being a diminutive 5-6 and 140 pounds, he quickly established himself as a threat every time he stepped on the ice. He played all 60 regular season games for the Saints and finished fourth in USHL scoring with 72 points (36g, 36a). His 36 goals tied for second in the League, including 15 power play tallies that were the most of any player and seven game-winners that ranked third in the USHL.
He continued his scoring touch in the playoffs, adding a team best 11 points (5g, 6a) in 11 postseason games to lead the Dubuque Fighting Saints to the Clark Cup title.
The Carneys Point, New Jersey native would be named the 2010-11 USHL Rookie of the Year as well as earn a spot on the All-USHL Second Team and USHL All-Rookie Team.
Following his season in the USHL with Dubuque, he was selected by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Gaudreau had already earned a special place in history a little more than a year ago when he helped the U.S. National Junior Team win gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. He became the first player ever to win a Clark Cup in the USHL, a NCAA championship, and World Junior gold.
It is the fourth consecutive season that a USHL alum has earned the Hobey Baker Award and seventh former USHL player overall to take home college hockey’s top individual honor. Gaudreau is the first Dubuque alum to capture the award.
USHL Alumni Hobey Baker Winners
2014 – Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College (Dubuque Fighting Saints, 2010-11)
2013 – Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud State University (Chicago Steel, 2006-08)
2012 – Jack Connolly, University of Minnesota-Duluth (Sioux Falls Stampede, 2007-08)
2011 – Andy Miele, Miami University (Chicago Steel/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 2005-08)
2006 – Matt Carle, University of Denver (Omaha Lancers, 2002-03)
2005 – Marty Sertich, Colorado College (Sioux Falls Stampede, 2001-02)
2003 – Peter Sejna, Colorado College (Des Moines Buccaneers, 1998-2000)
USHL stats – John Gaudreau
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14. A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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