Gaudreau wins Hobey, signs with Calgary
PHILADELPHIA — College hockey’s top players gathered in downtown Philadelphia to watch the presentation of the Hobey Baker Award to college hockey’s top player.
This year, there was no drama.
Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau, the obvious choice, was presented with the trophy after he put together one of the best seasons in college hockey history.
Gaudreau beat out St. Cloud State forward Nic Dowd and St. Lawrence forward Greg Carey to earn the honor, then signed an NHL contract with the Calgary Flames, giving up his final year of college eligibility.
Gaudreau finished the season with 80 points in 40 games, becoming college hockey’s first two point-per game scorer in 15 years. He’s the first 80-point scorer in over a decade. He finished his college career with a remarkable 175 points in 119 games.
The native of suburban Philadelphia also had a 31-game point streak earlier this season, tying the Hockey East record set by Maine’s Paul Kariya in the 1990s.
Nebraska Omaha coach Dean Blais signed a three-year contract extension to take him through the 2017-18 season.
Blais’ contract was set to expire after next year.
“Dean has done an exception job leading our team through a period of great transition during the last four years,” Omaha athletic director Trev Alberts said. “In that time, he led the team into two new leagues, the WCHA and the NCHC, and his experience and knowledge of the leagues and the Division I hockey landscape was critical to our success.
“Next year, he will guide us through additional transition as we move into the new arena (in 2015 or 2016). This extension will allow us to ensure the continuity of our coaching staff and the recent positive momentum we’ve had recruiting quality student-athletes to our program.”
Blais, a former UND coach, has a record of 91-86-18 in his five years as head coach of the Mavericks.
Hellebuyck wins Richter Award
UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is the inaugural winner of the Mike Richter Award, which goes to the top goaltender in the nation.
Hellebuyck, who has since signed with the Winnipeg Jets, went 18-9-2 with a .941 save percentage and a 1.79 goals-against average. For his career, Hellebuyck finished with the same number of career shutouts as losses (12).