Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BC's Gaudreau Wins Walter Brown Award

Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau was recently named the 62nd recipient of the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born player in New England college hockey, according to the BC athletics web site. The honor is presented by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.

A 5-foot-7, 150-pound native of Carneys Point, N.J., Gaudreau leads all NCAA Division I players in scoring this season with 32 goals and 37 assists for 69 points in 37 games, including 10 power-play goals and six game-winners.

A fourth-round draft choice of the NHL's Calgary Flames in 2011, Gaudreau also fashioned a 31-game scoring streak to tie a Hockey East Association record, and helped the Eagles to the 2013-14 Hockey East regular-season conference championship. He is also a preliminary finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award for the second straight year, and has posted 74-91165 points in 116 career collegiate games.

Gaudreau, 20, is the 24th Eagle to earn the Walter Brown Award, and the third BC player in the last four seasons to do so, along with Steve Whitney last year and goaltender John Muse in 2011. Three of Gaudreau's coaches have also won the award, in Jerry York (1967), Greg Brown (1990) and Mike Ayers (New Hampshire - 2003).

BC opens the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Saturday as the No. 1 seed in the Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The Eagles (26-7-4) will face the inaugural NCHC tournament champion Denver Pioneers (20-15-6) at 4 p.m., with the winner to advance to Sunday's regional final against the winner of Massachusetts Lowell and Minnesota State.

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