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Johnny Gaudreau Named Hockey East Player of the Year

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Senior Steven Whitney joins Gaudreau on first team; Patrick Wey earns second-team honors.

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The individual accolades for Boston College sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau continue to roll in.

A day removed from earning Hockey East Player of the Year honors as selected by the media, Johnny Hockey also picked up the league's official Hockey East Association Player of the Year honors at the league's annual awards banquet. He also took home his regular season scoring title and was a unanimous selection to the conference's All-Star first team.

Gaudreau becomes just the fourth underclassmen in league history to earn player of the year honors, joining Boston College's Brian Leetch, Maine's Paul Kariya and Boston College associate head coach Greg Brown. No big.

The Carneys Point, New Jersey native is the 10th Eagle to capture league Player of the Year honors and first since 2006, joining Scott Harlow (1986), Brian Leetch (1987), Greg Brown (1989 and 1990), David Emma (1991), Mike Mottau (2000), Brian Gionta (2001), Ben Eaves (2003), Patrick Eaves (2005) and Chris Collins (2006).

After opening the season with at least one point in each of his first 12 games, Gaudreau went quiet for much of the second half of the season before exploding for six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the regular season finale at Vermont. Gaudreau went into the final game of the regular season down 2 points to Merrimack's Mike Collins for the Hockey East scoring title only to finish FOUR points ahead of him in the end. Despite the relatively quiet second half Gaudreau still leads all Division I players with a 1.48 points-per-game average.

Merrimack's Mike Collins finished as the runner up for Player of the Year, followed by Providence freshman goaltender Jon Gillies (LOL Northeastern).

Hockey East also announced its 2012-2013 All-Star Teams on Thursday night, where Boston College senior forward Steven Whitney joined Gaudreau as a first team selection. This year marked the third consecutive year that Boston College has landed multiple players on the Hockey East first team. Senior defenseman Patrick Wey picked up second team honors.

Here is the complete list of 2013 Hockey East All-Stars:

2013 Hockey East First-Team All-Stars

G: Jon Gillies, Providence (Fr., South Portland, Maine)
D: Chad Ruhwedel, UMass Lowell (Jr., San Diego, Calif.)
D: Trevor van Riemsdyk, New Hampshire (So., Middletown, N.J.)
F: Mike Collins, Merrimack (Jr., Boston, Mass.)
F: Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College (So., Carneys Point, N.J.) (unanimous choice)
F: Steven Whitney, Boston College (Sr., Reading, Mass.)

2013 Hockey East Second-Team All-Stars

G: Connor Hellebuyck, UMass Lowell (Fr., Commerce, Mich.)
D: Jordan Heywood, Merrimack (Jr., Regina, Sask.)
D: Patrick Wey, Boston College (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.)
F: Joseph Pendenza, UMass Lowell (Jr., Wilmington, Mass.)
F: Evan Rodrigues, Boston University (So., Etobicoke, Ont.)
F: Riley Wetmore, UMass Lowell (Sr., Swanton, Vt.)

2013 Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Stars

G: Casey DeSmith, New Hampshire (So. Rochester, N.H.)
D: Matt Grzelcyk, Boston University (Fr., Charlestown, Mass.)
D: Steven Shamanski, Providence College (Jr., Carberry, Man.)
F: Joey Diamond, Maine (Sr., Long Beach, N.Y.)
F: Kevin Goumas, New Hampshire (Jr., Long Beach, N.Y.)
F: Branden Gracel, Massachusetts (Jr., Calgary, Alb.)
F: Wade Megan, Boston University (Sr., Canton, N.Y.)
F: Chris McCarthy, Vermont (Jr., Collegeville, Pa.)

Congratulations to Gaudreau, Whitney and Wey! Buy the t-shirt, support the Campus School. Vote Hobey!