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 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 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 "Johnny" 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. Nicknamed "Johnny Hockey",[1] he was the 2014 winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in the NCAA, and, during his first full NHL season in 2014–15, he was selected to play in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game.

Early life[edit]

Gaudreau attended Gloucester Catholic High School in Gloucester City, New Jersey.[2] Johnny is a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, IA

Playing career[edit]

USHL[edit]

Gaudreau played the 2010–11 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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,[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] He was also named a Hobey Baker top 10 finalist on March 20[12] and a top 3 "Hobey Hat Trick' finalist for the second straight year on April 2.[13]

Although the team lost 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.[citation needed]

NHL[edit]

2013–14 NHL debut[edit]

Gaudreau entered the NHL on the same day of his receiving of the Hobey Baker award. On Aprll 11, shortly after the ceremony, Gaudreau and Eagles' teammate Bill Arnold signed entry-level contracts with the Calgary Flames of the NHL,[14] 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.[citation needed]

2014–15[edit]

To start the 2014–15 season, Gaudreau earned a spot on the Calgary Flames roster, to continue his NHL career. Starting off slowly, Gaudreau didn't record a point until the sixth game of the year. Afterwards, he heated up quickly, amassing 12 goals and 30 points through 37 games.[15] He recorded his first career NHL hat-trick against Jonathan Quick on December 22, 2014 in a 4–3 comeback win over the Los Angeles Kings, becoming the youngest Flames player to record a hat-trick since Joe Nieuwendyk in the 1987–88 NHL season.[16] On March 11, 2015, Gaudreau scored his 50th point of the season, becoming the first Flames rookie to achieve the mark since Jarome Iginla did so in the 1996–97 season.[17] Gaudreau finished the regular season tied for the rookie scoring lead with Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators. Gaudreau had 24 goals and led all rookies with 40 assists, while Stone had 26 goals.[18]

All-Star Game[edit]

He was selected to play in the 2014–15 NHL All Star Game on January 25, 2015, and participated in the skills competition, garnering attention with Jakub Voracek for their antics during the shootout challenge.[19] The shootout move move went viral by imitating the previous move done by Ryan Johansen, who helped seven-year-old Cole Vogt, son of Blue Jackets trainer Mike Vogt, score a goal on Corey Crawford. Voracek, who went immediately after Johansen, "helped" Gaudreau score a goal in the same manner as Johansen did with Vogt, making fun of Gaudreau's size and youth, as his 5' 9" stature in comparison to other NHL athletes lead some to believe he looks like a child.[20] Gaudreau was originally named to the All-Star Skills Competition Rookie Team, limited to only the Competition portion, but was promoted to the game itself as an injury replacement when Sidney Crosby could not play. He was named to Team Toews and scored two assists in the game, both on goals by Nashville's Filip Forsberg.

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 entire tournament with seven goals and tied for the team lead with nine points, as Team USA won the gold medal.[21] Highlighted by a hat trick in the quarterfinals match against the Czech Republic and another two goals against Canada in the semi-finals, he was named to the tournament All Star team.[22]

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.[23] He 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.[citation needed]

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
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL 80 24 40 64 14
NCAA totals 119 78 97 175 53 18 14 19 33 11
NHL totals 81 25 40 65 14

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 [24]
All-USHL Second Team 2010–11 [25]
USHL All-Star 2010–11 [26]
Beanpot MVP 2012 [27]
Bill Flynn Trophy – Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player 2012 [28]
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2012 [27][29]
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2011–12 [citation needed]
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships All-Star 2013 [30]
Hockey East Player of the Year 2012–13 [31]
All-Hockey East First Team 2012–13 [citation needed]
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2012–13 [32]
NCAA Hobey Hat Trick (Top 3) Finalist 2012–13 [8]
Walter Brown Award Winner 2013–14 [33]
Hockey East Player of the Year 2013–14 [34]
All-Hockey East First Team 2013–14 [35]
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2013–14 [36]
Hobey Baker Award Winner 2013–14 [37]
NHL All-Star Game 2014–15

Family[edit]

Johnny's younger brother, Matthew, is currently a sophomore playing for the Boston College Eagles, Johnny and Matt played one year together at BC during the 2013–14 season.[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnny Hockey’s upward trajectory. The Globe and Mail (December 29, 2014). Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  2. ^ Pawling, Chris. "Former Gloucester Catholic High School star John Gaudreau helps Boston College to national ice hockey title", South Jersey Times, April 26, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2013. "After reaching a state final with the Gloucester Catholic High School ice hockey team, transferring to Dubuque, IA 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."
  3. ^ Former Gloucester Catholic ice hockey star John Gaudreau tearing up USHL. Articles.philly.com (April 3, 2011). Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  4. ^ NHL Teams Start To Think Small At Draft. Fox News (June 25, 2011). Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  5. ^ May, Peter. "B.U. or B.C.? Hockey Star Let Brother Pick". The New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ BOSTON COLLEGE EARNS FIFTH NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 4–1 WIN OVER FERRIS STATE. HockeyEastOnline.com (April 7, 2012). Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  7. ^ "Boston College’s Gaudreau wins Hockey East player of the year laurels  :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online". uscho.com. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b 2013 Hobey Hat Trick, Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation website. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  9. ^ Kimelman, Adam (October 8, 2013). "Gaudreau, Gillies, Agostino among NHL.com's candidates who could win Hobey Baker Award". Calgary Flames. 
  10. ^ "Johnny Gaudreau fails to fly by Paul Kariya's NCAA mark". calgarysun.com. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "JOHNNY GAUDREAU REPEATS AS WARRIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR". hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "HockeyEastOnline.com – BOSTON COLLEGE FORWARDS JOHNNY GAUDREAU AND KEVIN HAYES NAMED HOBEY BAKER TOP TEN FINALISTS". hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ "HockeyEastOnline.com – BOSTON COLLEGE JUNIOR FORWARD JOHNNY GAUDREAU NAMED TO HOBEY HAT TRICK". hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ Gaudreau Goes Pro: Johnny Hockey Signs With Flames. BC Interruption. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  15. ^ Johnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames – 2014–2015 Stats – Calgary Flames – Team. National Hockey League.com (August 13, 1993). Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  16. ^ What we learned from the Kings' 4–3 overtime loss to Calgary. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  17. ^ Johnny Gaudreau of Calgary Flames scores twice against Anaheim Ducks to join select company – Top Performer. National Hockey League.com (November 17, 2014). Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  18. ^ Rookies. National Hockey League.com (November 17, 2014). Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  19. ^ Gaudreau selected to NHL All-Star Game – Boston College Official Athletic Site. Bceagles.com (January 25, 2015). Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  20. ^ Lozo, Dave (January 24, 2015) Jakub Voracek, Johnny Gaudreau Steal the Show at NHL All-Star Skills Competition. bleacherreport.com
  21. ^ "Player Statistics by Team: USA" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Media All Stars" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  23. ^ "U.S. Men's National Team Downs Germany, 3–1, in Pre-Tournament Game". USAhockey.com. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  24. ^ Fresh Faces. College Hockey News (September 30, 2011). Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  25. ^ Megna, Hjelle named to all-USHL team. TheGazette (May 3, 2011). Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  26. ^ John Gaudreau named USHL Rookie of the Year. Hockeysfuture.com (April 25, 2011). Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  27. ^ a b Dobias, Jen. (October 4, 2011) Eagle Spotlight: Ice Hockey Star John Gaudreau | The Observer at Boston College. Thebcobserver.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  28. ^ Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau: fresh out of superlatives – The Boston Globe. Boston.com (March 18, 2012). Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  29. ^ "2013–14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  30. ^ 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships#Tournament awards
  31. ^ Bc'S Johnny Gaudreau Tabbed Athletic Republic Player Of The Year. Hockeyeastonline.Com (March 21, 2013). Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  32. ^ Six Hockey East Skaters Named CCM Hockey AHCA Division I All-Americans. HockeyEastOnline.com (April 12, 2013). Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  33. ^ Gaudreau wins 62nd Walter Brown Award. Bcinterruption.com. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  34. ^ Johnny Gaudreau Repeats As Warrior Player Of The Year. Hockeyeastonline.Com (March 20, 2014). Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  35. ^ – LEAGUE ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR TEAMS, hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  36. ^ – SIX HOCKEY EAST PLAYERS SELECTED AS AHCA/CCM HOCKEY ALL-AMERICANS, hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  37. ^ Three Finalists Named for Hobey Baker Award, The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  38. ^ "Gaudreau brothers relishing chance to play together at Boston College". calgaryherald.com. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 

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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
Jack Eichel
Preceded by
Spencer Abbott
Hockey East Scoring Champion
2012–13, 2013–14
Succeeded by
Jack Eichel
Preceded by
Drew LeBlanc
Hobey Baker Award
2013–14
Succeeded by
Jack Eichel