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Johnny Gaudreau
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Born August 13 1993 (1993-08-13) (age 24),
Salem, New Jersey, USA
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
154 lb (70 kg; 11 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Calgary Flames
Ntl. team Flag of the United States United States of America
NHL Draft 104th overall, 2011
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2014–present

John Michael "Johnny" Gaudreau (born August 13, 1993) is an American-Canadian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the NCAA Division I's Boston College Eagles from 2011 to 2014. He was selected by the Flames in the fourth round, 104th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Nicknamed "Johnny Hockey,"[1] he was the 2014 winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in the NCAA, and, during his first full NHL season in 2014–15, he was selected to play in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game and was a Calder Memorial Trophy finalist for the league's best rookie.

Early lifeEdit

Gaudreau played for Penns Grove little league baseball.[2] He attended Gloucester Catholic High School in Gloucester City, New Jersey, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.[3] He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa.

Playing careerEdit

USHLEdit

Gaudreau played the 2010–11 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League (USHL),[4] where he played in the 2011 USHL All-Star Game and helped his team win the Clark Cup as the USHL champions. Gaudreau's outstanding play during the season was rewarded with him being selected to the USHL All-Rookie Team and to the All-USHL Second Team. He was also recognized as the USHL Rookie of the Year.

Gaudreau was selected 104th overall in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. Listed at 5'6", Gaudreau was one of the shortest players taken at the Draft.[5]

NCAAEdit

After attending the Calgary Flames' training camp, Gaudreau started his career in the NCAA with the Division I Boston College Eagles team in the Hockey East conference. He originally signed a Letter of Intent to play with Hockey East rival Northeastern University, but opted for Boston College when Northeastern Hockey Head Coach Greg Cronin resigned in June 2011 to take a position with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs.[6]

As a Freshman at Boston College, Gaudreau went on to score 21 goals and 23 assists (44 points) in 44 games, leading all freshmen in scoring. He played an integral part in Boston College's win in the team's National Championship, scoring a highlight-reel goal late in the third period in their 4–1 win in the final over Ferris State University.[7] Gaudreau was awarded the Bill Flynn Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Hockey East Championship Tournament. He also helped the Eagles win the traditional Beanpot Tournament for the third year in a row and was named Beanpot MVP after the tournament.

In his Sophomore campaign, Gaudreau emerged as the star of the team and improved upon his already impressive stats, achieving a 21–30–51 scoring line in 35 games, leading the nation in points per game, at 1.46. He then led the Eagles to a fourth consecutive Beanpot championship after helping to win a gold medal for the United States at the 2013 World Juniors. Despite losing to archrival Boston University in the Hockey East tournament semi-finals and bowing out of the NCAA tournament in the first round against Union College, he was awarded Hockey East Player of the Year and was named an ACHA First Team All-American for his tremendous offensive output.[8] On April 3, 2013, Gaudreau was named one of the three finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, along with Eric Hartzell and Drew LeBlanc;[9] St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc, however, eventually won the award.

Gaudreau opted to remain at Boston College for his Junior year, despite rumors of him turning professional and joining the Calgary Flames. One of the main reasons he stayed, he claimed, was to play with his younger brother Matthew, who joined the team in the Fall.[10] Gaudreau's decision to remain was fortunate for Boston College, as he dominated the NCAA in every major scoring category, scoring 36 goals and 44 assists for 80 points in 40 games, a 2.00 point per game pace, the highest production by any player in the country since 2003. After a 5–4 Eagles loss to Holy Cross in November, Gaudreau was paired up with Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes on a line, which quickly became collegiate hockey's most offensively-potent line, producing 46 goals and 68 assists for 114 points as a trio. In addition, Gaudreau tied Paul Kariya's record for the Hockey East single season scoring streak at 31 games, scoring 29 goals and 61 points during the span.[11] For his tremendous season, he was named the league's Player of the Year for the second straight season, as well as the league's scoring champion with 36 points in 20 games, and was named a unanimous First-Team All-Star.[12] He was also named a Hobey Baker top ten finalist on March 20[13] and a top three "Hobey Hat Trick" finalist for the second-straight year on April 2.[14]

Although the team lost to Union in the Frozen Four on April 11, Gaudreau was named the 2014 recipient of the Hobey Baker Award, awarded to the NCAA's top ice hockey player.[15]

National Hockey LeagueEdit

Gaudreau entered the NHL on the same day of his receiving of the Hobey Baker award. On Aprll 11, 2014, shortly after the ceremony, Gaudreau and Eagles' teammate Bill Arnold signed entry-level contracts with the Calgary Flames,[16] who also drafted Arnold in 2010. Both made their NHL debut in the Flames' final game of the 2013–14 season, against the Vancouver Canucks. Gaudreau scored the Flames' only goal on his first shot of his first professional game.[17][18]

To begin the 2014–15 season, Gaudreau earned a spot on the Flames' roster to continue his NHL career. Starting off slowly, Gaudreau did not record a point until the sixth game of the year. Afterwards, however, he heated up quickly, amassing 12 goals and 30 points through 37 games.[19] He scored his first career NHL hat-trick against Jonathan Quick on December 22, 2014, in a 4–3 comeback win over the Los Angeles Kings, becoming the youngest Flames player to record a hat-trick since Joe Nieuwendyk in the 1987–88 season.[20]

Gaudreau was selected to play in the 2014–15 NHL All Star Game in Columbus, Ohio, on January 25, 2015, and participated in the Skills Competition, garnering attention with Jakub Voráček for their antics during the shootout challenge.[21] The shootout move,[22] which imitated the previous move performed by Ryan Johansen[23] (who helped seven-year-old Cole Vogt, the son of Columbus Blue Jackets Trainer Mike Vogt, score a goal on Corey Crawford) went viral. Voráček, who went immediately after Johansen, "helped" Gaudreau score a goal in the same manner as Johansen did with Vogt, making fun of Gaudreau's size and youth, as his small stature in comparison to other NHLers lead some to believe he looks like a child.[24] Gaudreau was originally named to the All-Star Skills Competition Rookie Team, limited to only the competition portion, but was promoted to the All-Star Game itself as a replacement to Sidney Crosby, who could not play due to injury. Gaudreau was named to Team Toews and recorded two assists in the game, both on goals scored by the Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, himself also a rookie participating in the Game.

On March 11, 2015, Gaudreau scored his 50th point of the season, becoming the first Flames rookie to reach the mark since Jarome Iginla did so in 1996–97.[25] Gaudreau finished the regular season tied for the rookie scoring lead with Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators. Gaudreau had 24 goals and led all rookies with 40 assists, while Stone had 26 goals.[26] He was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie, but the award went to Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers. He was named to the NHL's All-Rookie team for the 2014–15 season.

The 2015-16 season was a banner year for Gaudreau, as the sophomore set career highs in goals, assists, and points, en route to finishing tied for sixth among all NHL players in total points scored.[27] For the second straight year, Gaudreau participated in the NHL All-Star Game, the 61st in NHL history. Gaudreau was selected as a finalist to be the All-Star Game MVP, an honor eventually given to controversial and unlikely write-in candidate John Scott.[28] However, Gaudreau's Flames failed to live up to high expectations bestowed upon them after their surprisingly successful 2014-15 season, finishing 26th in the NHL and missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.

On November 16, 2016, in a game against the Minnesota Wild, Gaudreau suffered a finger fracture. Despite speculation he would miss up to six weeks of the season, he returned after ten games.

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States
World Junior Championships
Gold 2013 Ufa

In 2013, Gaudreau was selected to represent the United States in the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He led the entire tournament with seven goals and tied for the team lead with nine points, as Team USA won the gold medal.[29] Highlighted by a hat-trick in the quarter-finals against the Czech Republic and another two goals against Canada in the semi-finals, he was named to the tournament All Star Team.[30]

In 2014, Gaudreau was named to the senior United States team that played in the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. He scored his first international goal as a professional in a pre-tournament game against Germany, scoring the second goal in a 3–1 victory.[31] He scored in the first official game of the tournament, the third goal in a 5–1 victory over hosts Belarus. Although Team USA bowed out of the tournament in a quarter-finals loss to the Czech Republic, Gaudreau finished the tournament tenth in scoring, with two goals and eight assists for ten points, including a four-point performance in a 5–4 win over Germany.[32]

In 2016, Gaudreau joined the North American team playing at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, playing alongside other NHL stars from both the United States and Canada who are 23 years old and under.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Team Comcast Midget AAA 46 29 27 56
2010–11 Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 60 36 36 72 36 11 5 6 11 6
2011–12 Boston College HE 44 21 23 44 10
2012–13 Boston College HE 35 21 30 51 29
2013–14 Boston College HE 40 36 44 80 14
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 1 1 0 1 0
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL 80 24 40 64 14 11 4 5 9 6
2015–16 Calgary Flames NHL 79 30 48 78 18
2016-17 Calgary Flames NHL 72 18 43 61 4 4 0 2 2 0
NHL totals 232 73 151 204 38 15 4 7 11 6

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States WJC Gold medal icon 7 7 2 9 4
2014 United States WC 6th 8 2 8 10 2
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 3 2 2 4 0
Junior totals 7 7 2 9 4
Senior totals 11 4 10 14 2

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year Ref.
USHL
USHL Rookie of the Year 2010–11 [33]
All-USHL Second Team 2010–11 [34]
USHL All-Star 2010–11 [35]
College
Beanpot MVP 2012 [36]
Bill Flynn Trophy – Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player 2012 [37]
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2012 [36][38]
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2011–12 [39]
Hockey East Player of the Year 2012–13 [40]
All-Hockey East First Team 2012–13 [41]
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2012–13 [42]
NCAA Hobey Hat Trick (Top 3) Finalist 2012–13 [9]
Walter Brown Award Winner 2013–14 [43]
Hockey East Player of the Year 2013–14 [44]
All-Hockey East First Team 2013–14 [45]
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2013–14 [46]
Hobey Baker Award Winner 2013–14 [47]
NHL
NHL All-Star Game 2015, 2016, 2017
NHL All-Rookie Team 2014–15 [48]
International
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships All-Star 2013 [49]

FamilyEdit

Johnny's younger brother, Matthew, is currently playing on an ATO for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL after formerly playing for the Boston College Eagles, Johnny and Matty played one year together at BC during the 2013–14 season. His parents are Guy Gaudreau and Jane Gaudreau. Guy Gaudreau is a Canadian who retired from the teaching industry in 2009.[50]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Johnny Hockey's upward trajectory. The Globe and Mail (December 29, 2014). Accessed 2015-04-17.
  2. Anastasia, Phil. "When Gaudreau, Shawaryn, Elmer were in same Little League", 10 April 2014. 
  3. Pawling, Chris. "Former Gloucester Catholic High School star John Gaudreau helps Boston College to national ice hockey title", South Jersey Times, April 26, 2012. Accessed December 21, 2013. "After reaching a state final with the Gloucester Catholic High School ice hockey team, transferring to Dubuque, IA to play for the Fighting Saints of the USHL, being selected in the NHL Draft's fourth round by the Calgary Flames, Gaudreau helped lead Boston College to its third NCAA Division I national championship in the last five years."
  4. Former Gloucester Catholic ice hockey star John Gaudreau tearing up USHL. Articles.philly.com (April 3, 2011). Accessed 2013-01-04.
  5. NHL Teams Start To Think Small At Draft. Fox News (June 25, 2011). Accessed 2013-01-04.
  6. "B.U. or B.C.? Hockey Star Let Brother Pick", The New York Times. Retrieved on November 5, 2014. 
  7. BOSTON COLLEGE EARNS FIFTH NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 4–1 WIN OVER FERRIS STATE. HockeyEastOnline.com (April 7, 2012). Accessed 2013-01-04.
  8. Boston College’s Gaudreau wins Hockey East player of the year laurels :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online. uscho.com. Retrieved on April 5, 2014.
  9. 9.0 9.1 2013 Hobey Hat Trick, Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation website. Accessed February 23, 2015.
  10. Kimelman, Adam (October 8, 2013). Gaudreau, Gillies, Agostino among NHL.com's candidates who could win Hobey Baker Award. Calgary Flames.
  11. Johnny Gaudreau fails to fly by Paul Kariya's NCAA mark. calgarysun.com. Retrieved on April 5, 2014.
  12. JOHNNY GAUDREAU REPEATS AS WARRIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR. hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved on April 5, 2014.
  13. HockeyEastOnline.com – BOSTON COLLEGE FORWARDS JOHNNY GAUDREAU AND KEVIN HAYES NAMED HOBEY BAKER TOP TEN FINALISTS. hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved on April 5, 2014.
  14. HockeyEastOnline.com – BOSTON COLLEGE JUNIOR FORWARD JOHNNY GAUDREAU NAMED TO HOBEY HAT TRICK. hockeyeastonline.com. Retrieved on April 5, 2013.
  15. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation - 2014 Winner. Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation.
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  17. http://flames.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013021228
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  19. Johnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames – 2014–2015 Stats – Calgary Flames – Team. National Hockey League.com (August 13, 1993). Accessed 2015-04-17.
  20. What we learned from the Kings' 4–3 overtime loss to Calgary. Los Angeles Times. Accessed April 17, 2015.
  21. Gaudreau selected to NHL All-Star Game – Boston College Official Athletic Site. Bceagles.com (January 25, 2015). Accessed 2015-04-17.
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBSGsvT45YA
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9-KSCXnpS4
  24. Lozo, Dave (January 24, 2015) Jakub Voracek, Johnny Gaudreau Steal the Show at NHL All-Star Skills Competition. bleacherreport.com
  25. Johnny Gaudreau of Calgary Flames scores twice against Anaheim Ducks to join select company – Top Performer. National Hockey League.com (November 17, 2014). Accessed 2015-04-17.
  26. Rookies. National Hockey League.com (November 17, 2014). Accessed 2015-04-17.
  27. NHL Player Points Statistics - 2015-16. espn.go.com
  28. NHL All-Star Game: John Scott voted MVP in Pacific win. cbc.ca
  29. Player Statistics by Team: USA. IIHF. Retrieved on January 7, 2013.
  30. Media All Stars. IIHF. Retrieved on January 7, 2013.
  31. U.S. Men's National Team Downs Germany, 3–1, in Pre-Tournament Game. USAhockey.com. Retrieved on May 7, 2014.
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  33. Fresh Faces. College Hockey News (September 30, 2011). Accessed 2013-01-04.
  34. Megna, Hjelle named to all-USHL team. TheGazette (May 3, 2011). Accessed 2013-01-04.
  35. John Gaudreau named USHL Rookie of the Year. Hockeysfuture.com (April 25, 2011). Accessed 2013-01-04.
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  37. Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau: fresh out of superlatives – The Boston Globe. Boston.com (March 18, 2012). Accessed 2013-01-04.
  38. "2013–14 Hockey East Media Guide", Hockey East. Retrieved on May 19, 2014. 
  39. Hockey East Announces 2012 All-Rookie Team Selections (PDF). Hockey East.
  40. Bc'S Johnny Gaudreau Tabbed Athletic Republic Player Of The Year. Hockeyeastonline.Com (March 21, 2013). Accessed 2015-04-17.
  41. HOCKEY EAST ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 ALL-STAR TEAMS (PDF). Hockey East.
  42. Six Hockey East Skaters Named CCM Hockey AHCA Division I All-Americans. HockeyEastOnline.com (April 12, 2013). Accessed 2015-04-17.
  43. Gaudreau wins 62nd Walter Brown Award. Bcinterruption.com. Accessed April 17, 2015.
  44. Johnny Gaudreau Repeats As Warrior Player Of The Year. Hockeyeastonline.Com (March 20, 2014). Accessed 2015-04-17.
  45. – LEAGUE ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR TEAMS, hockeyeastonline.com. Accessed February 23, 2015.
  46. – SIX HOCKEY EAST PLAYERS SELECTED AS AHCA/CCM HOCKEY ALL-AMERICANS, hockeyeastonline.com. Accessed February 23, 2015.
  47. Three Finalists Named for Hobey Baker Award, The New York Times. Accessed February 23, 2015.
  48. http://flamesnation.ca/2015/6/24/consolation-prize-gaudreau-named-to-all-rookie-team
  49. 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships#Tournament awards
  50. Gaudreau brothers relishing chance to play together at Boston College. calgaryherald.com. Retrieved on April 5, 2014.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Cam Atkinson
William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
2012
Succeeded by
Connor Hellebuyck
Preceded by
Spencer Abbott
Hockey East Player of the Year
2012–13, 2013–14
Succeeded by
Jack Eichel
Preceded by
Spencer Abbott
Hockey East Scoring Champion
2012–13, 2013–14
Succeeded by
Jack Eichel
Preceded by
Drew LeBlanc
Hobey Baker Award
2013–14
Succeeded by
Jack Eichel

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