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Johnny Gaudreau wins Hobey Baker Award

Boston College junior Johnny Gaudreau wins the Hobey Baker Award
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The player affectionately called, "Johnny Hockey," Johnny Gaudreau was undoubtably the front runner and only clear choice for this year's Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player.

The Boston College junior led his team to the Frozen Four in Philadelphia this season, before falling to Union College 5-4 in the National Semifinals. Next for the 2011 4th round pick by the Calgary Flames will be to join the Flames in Vancouver and is expected to suit up for Sunday's game.

Gaudreau registered 80 points in 40 games this season for Boston College, which is impressive for any player, let alone Gaudreau who is listed at 5'8"160 pounds. Gaudreau is the first player since 2002-03 to score 80+ points in a season.

In his time with Boston College, he racked up 176 points in 119 total games. Along with leading Boston College to the Forzen Four this season, Gaudreau won a National Championship in 2012 as a freshman, and led the NCAA in goals (36) and assists (44) this season.

Calgary is getting quite the talent in Gaudreau, and he will benefit from playing in the final two games for the Flames, as it will take off a year of his 3-year entry contract, theoretically setting him up for a nice payday two years from now, granted his production calls for it. But it seems safe to say, "Johnny Hockey" will earn it.

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