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What a day: Gaudreau wins Hobey Baker

Apr 11, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT

Johnny Gaudreau

All that’s left is the 2 a.m. trip to Fatburger.

Today was a good day — a very good day — for Boston College scoring standout Johnny Gaudreau, as he won the 2014 Hobey Baker and officially signed his three-year, $5.5 million entry-level deal with the Calgary Flames.

Gaudreau — a heavy favorite to win Hobey after being named one of the three finalists, along with Greg Carey of St. Lawrence and Nic Dowd of St. Cloud State — finished this season by leading the country with 36 goals and 80 points, becoming the first player to reach the 80-point level since Colorado College’s Peter Sejna in 2002-03.

He helped pace BC to the Frozen Four (the Eagles were eliminated on Friday by Union) and became just the third-ever Boston College player to win the Hobey, joining David Emma in 1991 and Mike Mottau in 2000.

As mentioned above, Gaudreau also kicked off his professional career on Friday and will reportedly join the Flames for their season finale in Vancouver on Sunday, where he’ll suit up with BC teammate Bill Arnold, who also signed his ELC with the Flames today.

“We are excited to welcome both Bill Arnold and Johnny Gaudreau to professional hockey after reaching agreements today on entry level contracts with the Calgary Flames,” said Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke. “Bill is a solid two-way player with good offensive instincts combined with power and grit.

“Congratulations to Johnny on capping off an amazing college season with the Hobey Baker Award, a very well deserved achievement. Johnny is a gifted player with high end skill and smarts. We look forward to having both players, as they take the next step forward in contributing to the success of the Calgary Flames.”

  1. lowenni - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Excited to see what this guy can do at the NHL level. He has too much talent for him to become a guy who just tears up the AHL while never making it in the big leagues. Sounds like a real special day for Johnny today, and that’s a surprisingly big contract for an undersized rookie but I feel like it will pay off. Calgary has–intelligently–built a strong, good-sized, pugnacious team with some big guys who can protect Gaudreau. Good luck to him, and congrats to the Flames for defying expectations and establishing themselves as some of the hardest workers in the league.

  2. guanacoracing - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Congrats! The Flames now have 2 outstanding NJ players: Agostino and Gaudreau.

  3. soupy19 - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    I try to temper my excitement because of his size. But he’s just too special. I can’t wait to see him play and come into his own at the NHL level. You must forgive us Flames fans for being excited. It’s been a long time since we’ve had so many young kids to be excited about!

  4. drewzducks - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    He’s 20 lbs. lighter than the smallest Canadien.

  5. muckleflugga - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    drewzducks

    true enough but brian mcgrattan’s right arm neatly offsets the weight differential

    pound for pound for pounding

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