The most anti-climactic award presentation in hockey this year is now complete, and as expected, Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau won the Hobey Baker Award as the best NCAA Hockey player for the 2013-14 season.
Gaudreau, a junior forward for the BC Eagles and a fourth round (104th overall) draft pick of the Calgary Flames in 2011, dominated the rinks this year, potting 36 goals and 80 points in just 40 games, and helped lead the Eagles to a berth in the Frozen Four.
"I'd like to thank all my coaches over the years," Gaudreau said in his acceptance speech, "Especially those who believed that someone of my size could have success at this level."
Gaudreau emphasized the role his teammates played in the award, calling them "more than just teammates," and expressing his respect for the guys who played next to him all season.
The Carney’s Point, NJ native is one of the most talented young players in the country, with quick hands, explosive speed, and enough determination to overcome his 5-foot-7 frame. He won a national championship in 2012 at Boston College after finishing second in team scoring with 44 points.
In 2012-13 he scored 51 points and was named as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. He was also a member of Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championships, where he contributed seven goals and nine points en route to a gold medal.
Gaudreau’s list of honors over the past two season is lengthy and includes: 2014 Hockey East Player of the Year, 2014 All-Hockey East First Team, 2013 NCAA First Team All-American, and more.
"I'm proud to be an Eagle," he concluded, "And I'm honored to accept this award in the name of all those who helped me get here."