Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau could add another trophy to his collection as he is among the finalists for the ESPY’s top male college athlete award.
The 20-year-old Gaudreau, the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner, is up against Creighton’s Doug McDermott (basketball), Penn State’s David Taylor (wrestling), Albany’s Lyle Thompson (lacrosse) and Florida State’s Jameis Winston (football).
“It’s exciting,” he said Saturday following the Flames’ first on-ice session at their annual development camp. “I’m up there against four pretty talented athletes. It’s great to be recognized, and I’m going to be excited to get out there and meet the other guys.”
The forward had 36 goals and 80 points in just 40 games for Boston College. It stands as the third-highest point total in Eagles history and three shy of Craig Janney’s school record set in the 1986-87 season.
Gaudreau tied Paul Kariya’s Hockey East record when he put together a 31-game point streak and was held off the score sheet only twice during the season.
In addition to winning the Hobey Baker Award, Gaudreau collected the Hockey East Player of the Year Award, Division I New England Player of the Year Award, was named USA Hockey’s College Hockey Player of the Year and was the 2014 Walter Brown Award winner.
“I’m sure there’s a lot of awards I haven’t won,” he said. “The most important was the Frozen Four, that we didn’t win. It was a good season by our team this year, but came a little short.”
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Gaudreau said his stint at the 2014 IIHF World Championship boosted his esteem and confidence that he can play along the big names in the NHL.
“It gave me a lot more confidence,” said Gaudreau, Calgary’s fourth-round pick (No. 104) in the 2011 NHL Draft. “I learned a lot out there playing with NHL guys, playing against NHL guys. Getting to play against [Alex] Ovechkin and [Jaromir] Jagr – I think Jagr was playing in the NHL before I was even born – is something pretty special.”