The 2014 winner of the Hobey Baker Memorial award, college hockey’s top individual prize, is Johnny Gaudreau from Boston College. The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in a live ceremony held at the Loews Hotel, Center City in Philadelphia and aired internationally on NHL Network.
Gaudreau had a sensational season, posting 80 points to lead the nation in scoring while recording the highest point total in the last 11 seasons of college hockey. He averaged two points per game and recently tied a Hockey East conference record tallying points in 31 consecutive games (Paul Kariya, Maine).
Hobey Baker, born and buried in Philadelphia, was the legendary Princeton (1914) hockey player known as America’s greatest amateur athlete one hundred years ago. He redefined how the game was played with his coast-to-coast dashes in an era when hockey was contested with seven players and no forward passes. Baker, a member of the U.S. Army’s Air Corp, died testing a repaired aircraft at the end of World War I after he had completed his military service.
Gaudreau was selected from a group of ten finalists by a 27-member selection committee and online fan balloting. For two straight years, he has been top three finalist.