According to the Associated Press on Friday, Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau was named the 2014 recipient of the Hobey Baker Award for the best college hockey player in United States' athletics. Gaudreau, a native of Carneys Point, N.J., had 36 goals and 44 assists or 80 points in 40 games with Boston College this season.
Gaudreau, a left winger, is also known for his discipline. The 20 year-old forward who was drafted in the fourth round, 104th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, only had 14 minutes of minor penalties. That is averaging one minor penalty in almost every six games.
Gaudreau beat out Greg Carey of the University of St. Lawrence and Nic Dowd of St. Cloud State. Carey is a left winger from Hamilton, Ont., who is currently playing for the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes), while Dowd, a center from Hunstville, Alabama currently plays for the Manchester Monarchs of the America Hockey League (affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings).
The reason why Gaudreau has not had the opportunity to turn professional like Carey and Dowd yet is because Boston College played in this weekend's Frozen Four tournament in Philadelphia. Unfortunately for Gaudreau, Boston College lost 5-4 in the semifinals to Union University on Thursday and Union will now play Minnesota on Saturday for the championship.
Also on Friday, Gaudreau signed an entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames. Gaudreau has decided to pass up his final year with Boston College to turn professional. The Flames also came to terms with Gaudreau's Boston College teammate Bill Arnold, who was the Flames' fourth round pick, 108th overall in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Arnold, a center, and Gaudreau, are both expected to be in the Flames' lineup for their final regular season game Sunday night in Vancouver.