Many great men’s hockey players have played for the Boston College hockey program. However, few stand out in terms of excellence. Only three BC hockey players have won the coveted Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in collegiate men’s ice hockey.
Today we honor one of those three hockey players, former BC hockey player and current Calgary Flame Johnny Gaudreau.
Despite only winning the Hobey Baker Award once, Gaudreau was nominated for the award two out of his three years with the BC program.
It’s not difficult to see why.
Gaudreau played an integral part in the Eagles’ 2012 National Championship, scoring a late goal that forever became immortalized in BC hockey lore as simply “The Goal.”
This was after a freshman campaign to remember. The Carney’s Point, N.J. native posted 44 points, and he was given the William Flynn Trophy for the most valuable player of the Hockey East tournament that year.
Gaudreau sophomore campaign was another year to remember. After leading Team USA to World Junior gold in the 2013 tournament, Gaudreau posted a 51 point season and ended up in the Hobey Hat Trick, though he ultimately lost the award to St. Cloud’s Drew LeBlanc.
His third, and final, year, Gaudreau returned to the Heights to play with his younger brother Matthew. Gaudreau averaged two points per game during the 2013-14 campaign, blowing away the rest of the nation’s scoring competition. Gaudreau anchored the famous Gaudreau-Kevin Hayes-Bill Arnold line, a line that proved to be one of the best in collegiate history.
The ultimate award for the year, however, was the Hobey Baker Award. Gaudreau finally won the award in a presentation in his native Philadelphia.
Gaudreau went pro that day, and has emerged as one of the NHL’s best young players.