Johnny Gaudreau

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Johnny Gaudreau
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Born (1993-08-13) August 13, 1993 (age 21)
Carney's Point, NJ, USA
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Calgary Flames
National team  United States
NHL Draft 104th overall, 2011
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2014–present

John Michael Gaudreau (born August 13, 1993) is an American ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. He played with the Division I's Boston College Eagles from 2011 to 2014. He was selected by the Flames in the 4th round (104th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He was the 2014 winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in the NCAA.

Early life[edit]

Gaudreau attended Gloucester Catholic High School in Gloucester City, New Jersey.[1]

Playing career[edit]

USHL[edit]

Gaudreau played the 2010–11 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League[2] where he played in the 2011 USHL All-Star Game and helped his team win the Clark Cup as the USHL Champions. Gaudreau's outstanding play during the season was rewarded with him being selected to the USHL All-Rookie Team and to the All-USHL Second Team. He was also recognized as the USHL Rookie of the Year.

He was selected 104th overall in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. Listed at 5'6”, Gaudreau was one of the shortest players taken at the 2011 draft.[3]

NCAA[edit]

After attending the Flames training camp, Gaudreau started his career in the NCAA with the Division I Boston College Eagles team in the Hockey East conference. He originally signed a Letter of Intent to play with Hockey East rival Northeastern University but opted for Boston College when Northeastern Hockey coach Greg Cronin resigned in June 2011, to take a position with the Toronto Maple Leafs.[4]

As a Freshman at BC, Gaudreau went on to score 21 goals and 23 assists (44 points) in 44 games, leading all freshmen in scoring. Gaudreau played an integral part in Boston College's win in team's National Championship, scoring a highlight reel goal late in the third period in their 4–1 win in the final over Ferris State.[5] Gaudreau was awarded the Bill Flynn Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Hockey East Championship Tournament. Gaudreau also helped Boston College win the traditional Beanpot Tournament for the third year in a row and was named "Beanpot MVP" after the tournament.

In his Sophomore campaign, Gaudreau emerged as the star of the team and improved upon his already impressive stats, achieving a 21-30-51 scoring line in 35 games, leading the nation in points per game, at 1.46. He led the Eagles to a fourth consecutive Beanpot championship after helping to win a gold medal for Team USA at the 2013 World Juniors. Despite losing to archrival BU in the Hockey East tournament semi-finals and bowing out of the NCAA tournament in the first round against Union, he was awarded Hockey East Player of the Year and was named an ACHA First Team All-American for his tremendous offensive output.[6] And, on April 3, 2013 Gaudreau was named one of the three finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, along with Eric Hartzell and Drew LeBlanc,[7] however, St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc won the award.

Gaudreau decided to remain at Boston College for his Junior year, despite rumors of him joining his NHL team, the Flames. One of the main reasons he stayed, he claims, was in order to play with his younger brother Matt, who joined the team in the fall.[8] His decision to remain was fortunate for Boston College, as he dominated the NCAA in every aspect by leading every major scoring category, scoring 36 goals and 44 assists for 80 points in 40 games, a 2.00 point per game pace, the highest production by any player in the country since 2003. After a 5-4 loss to Holy Cross in November, Gaudreau was paired up with Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes, becoming college's most dangerous and exciting line, scoring 46 goals and 68 assists for 114 points as a trio. In addition, Gaudreau tied Paul Kariya's record for the Hockey East Single Season Scoring Streak at 31 games recording 29 goals and 61 points during the spree.[9] For his tremendous season, he was named the league's Player of the Year for the second straight season, as well as the league's scoring champion with 36 points in 20 games, and was named a unanimous First-Team All-Star.[10] He was also named a Hobey Baker top 10 finalist on March 20[11] and a top 3 "Hobey Hat Trick' finalist for the second straight year on April 2.[12] Although the team suffered a disheartening loss to the Union Dutchmen in the Frozen Four, on April 11, Gaudreau was named the 2014 recipient of the Hobey Baker Award for being the best player in the NCAA.

NHL[edit]

On the same day of the Hobey Baker award ceremony, Aprll 11, Gaudreau and Eagles' teammate Bill Arnold signed entry-level contracts with the Calgary Flames of the NHL,[13] who drafted Arnold in 2010 and Gaudreau a year later in 2011. Both made their NHL debut in the Flames final game of the 2013-14 NHL season, against the Vancouver Canucks. Gaudreau scored the Flames only goal on his first shot of his first professional game. To start the 2014-15 NHL season, Gaudreau made the Calgary Flames to continue his NHL career.

Gaudreau recorded his first career NHL hat-trick on Jonathan Quick on December 22, 2014 in a 4-3 comeback win over the Los Angeles Kings. Gaudreau became the youngest Flames player to record a hat-trick since Joe Nieuwendyk in the 1987-88 NHL season.[14]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for United States United States
World Junior Championships
Gold 2013 Ufa

In 2013, Gaudreau was selected to represent the United States in the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He led the team with seven goals and tied for the team lead with nine points, as Team USA won the gold medal.[15] He was also named to the tournament All Star team.[16]

In 2014, Gaudreau was named to the United States National Hockey Team that played in the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. Gaudreau scored his first international goal as a professional in a pre-tournament game against Germany. He scored the second goal in a 3–1 victory.[17] He also scored in the first official game of the tournament, the third goal in a 5–1 victory over host, Belarus. Although the US bowed out of the tournament in a quarterfinals loss to the Czech Republic, Gaudreau finished the tournament 10th in scoring, with 2 goals and 8 assists for 10 points, including a four point performance in a 5–4 win over Germany.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Team Comcast Midget AAA 46 29 27 56
2010–11 Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 60 36 36 72 36 11 5 6 11 6
2011–12 Boston College HE 44 21 23 44 10 8 5 7 12 2
2012–13 Boston College HE 35 21 30 51 29 4 3 2 5 9
2013–14 Boston College HE 40 36 44 80 14 6 6 10 16 0
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 1 1 0 1 0
NCAA totals 119 78 97 175 53 18 14 19 33 11
NHL totals 1 1 0 1 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States WJC 1st 7 7 2 9 4
2014 United States WC 6th 8 2 8 10 2
Junior totals 7 7 2 9 4
Senior totals 8 2 8 10 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Junior
Award Year Ref.
USHL "Rookie of the Year" 2010–2011 2010–11 [18]
All-USHL Second Team 2010–11 [19]
USHL All-Star 2010–11 [20]
Beanpot MVP 2012 [21]
Bill Flynn Trophy – Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player 2012 [22]
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2012 [21][23]
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2011-12 [citation needed]
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships All-Star 2013 [24]
Hockey East Player of the Year 2012–13 [25]
All-Hockey East First Team 2012–13 [citation needed]
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2012–13 [26]
NCAA Hobey Hat Trick (Top 3) Finalist 2012–13 [7]
Walter Brown Award Winner 2013-14 [27]
Hockey East Player of the Year 2013–14 [28]
All-Hockey East First Team 2013–14 [29]
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2013–14 [30]
Hobey Baker Award Winner 2013–14 [31]

Family[edit]

His younger brother, Matthew, played eight games with the Boston College Eagles as a freshman during the 2013-14 season.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pawling, Chris. "Former Gloucester Catholic High School star John Gaudreau helps Boston College to national ice hockey title", South Jersey Times, April 26, 2012. Accessed December 21, 2013. "After reaching a state final with the Gloucester Catholic High School ice hockey team, transferring to Dubuque (Minn.) to play for the Fighting Saints of the USHL, being selected in the NHL Draft’s fourth round by the Calgary Flames, Gaudreau helped lead Boston College to its third NCAA Division I national championship in the last five years."
  2. ^ Former Gloucester Catholic ice hockey star John Gaudreau tearing up USHL. Articles.philly.com (2011-04-03). Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  3. ^ NHL Teams Start To Think Small At Draft. Fox News (2011-06-25). Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  4. ^ May, Peter. "B.U. or B.C.? Hockey Star Let Brother Pick". http://www.nytimes.com/. The New York Times. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  5. ^ BOSTON COLLEGE EARNS FIFTH NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 4–1 WIN OVER FERRIS STATE. HockeyEastOnline.com (2012-04-07). Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  6. ^ "Boston College’s Gaudreau wins Hockey East player of the year laurels  :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". uscho.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  7. ^ a b 2013 Hobey Hat Trick | Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation
  8. ^ Kimelman, Adam (2013-10-08). "Gaudreau, Gillies, Agostino among NHL.com's candidates who could win Hobey Baker Award". Calgary Flames. 
  9. ^ "Johnny Gaudreau fails to fly by Paul Kariya's NCAA mark | Flames | Sports | Calgary Sun". calgarysun.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  10. ^ "HockeyEastOnline.com - JOHNNY GAUDREAU REPEATS AS WARRIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR". hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  11. ^ "HockeyEastOnline.com - BOSTON COLLEGE FORWARDS JOHNNY GAUDREAU AND KEVIN HAYES NAMED HOBEY BAKER TOP TEN FINALISTS". hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  12. ^ "HockeyEastOnline.com - BOSTON COLLEGE JUNIOR FORWARD JOHNNY GAUDREAU NAMED TO HOBEY HAT TRICK". hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  13. ^ [1]. (2014-04-11). Retrieved on 2014-04-011.
  14. ^ [2]. (2014-12-23). Retrieved on 2014-12-23.
  15. ^ "Player Statistics by Team: USA". IIHF. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  16. ^ "Media All Stars". IIHF. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  17. ^ "U.S. Men's National Team Downs Germany, 3-1, in Pre-Tournament Game". USAhockey.com. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  18. ^ Fresh Faces. College Hockey News (2011-09-30). Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  19. ^ Megna, Hjelle named to all-USHL team. TheGazette (2011-05-03). Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  20. ^ John Gaudreau named USHL Rookie of the Year. Hockeysfuture.com (2011-04-25). Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  21. ^ a b Dobias, Jen. (2011-10-04) Eagle Spotlight: Ice Hockey Star John Gaudreau | The Observer at Boston College. Thebcobserver.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  22. ^ Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau: fresh out of superlatives – The Boston Globe. Boston.com (2012-03-18). Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  23. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  24. ^ 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships#Tournament awards
  25. ^ Hockeyeastonline.Com - Bc'S Johnny Gaudreau Tabbed Athletic Republic Player Of The Year
  26. ^ HockeyEastOnline.com - Six Hockey East Skaters Named CCM Hockey AHCA Division I All-Americans
  27. ^ - Gaudreau wins 62nd Walter Brown Award
  28. ^ Hockeyeastonline.Com - JOHNNY GAUDREAU REPEATS AS WARRIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
  29. ^ - LEAGUE ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR TEAMS
  30. ^ - SIX HOCKEY EAST PLAYERS SELECTED AS AHCA/CCM HOCKEY ALL-AMERICANS
  31. ^ The New York Times - Three Finalists Named for Hobey Baker Award
  32. ^ "Gaudreau brothers relishing chance to play together at Boston College". calgaryherald.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Cam Atkinson
William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
2012
Succeeded by
Connor Hellebuyck
Preceded by
Spencer Abbott
Hockey East Player of the Year
2012–13, 2013–14
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Drew LeBlanc
Hobey Baker Award
2013–14
Succeeded by
Incumbent