PHILADELPHIA -- Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau didn't have to go far from home to pick up the 2014 Hobey Baker Award, and he won't be back to try for another one.
The native of nearby Carneys Point, N.J., on Friday became the first BC player since defenseman Mike Mottau in 2000 to receive the award, given to the top player in NCAA hockey. It's named in honor of Baker, a former Princeton star who was killed in a flight-training accident in World War I after a stellar college career.
Gaudreau was a fourth-round pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Draft and signed with the team moments after picking up the trophy.
Smyth announced during a press conference Friday afternoon that the Oilers' game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night will be his last.
Smyth is in his 19th NHL season, 15 of which were spent with the Oilers. He was selected by Edmonton with the sixth choice in the 1994 NHL Draft and played 11 seasons with the Oilers before being traded to the New York Islanders in 2007. After two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and another two with the Los Angeles Kings, Smyth requested a trade back to Edmonton prior to the 2011-12 season.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued a statement Friday regarding the departure of Brendan Shanahan, who was named president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs:
"Whether it was behind the scenes or under the glare of hockey's harshest spotlight, Brendan was as much of an 'impact player' at the League as he was on the ice. Brendan brought commitment, clarity and impeccable credibility to his difficult and thankless duties here, and while we are sad to see him go, we knew his unique skill-set and body of work in the sport would make him a valued leader for any Club. Brendan has helped to change the culture of the game, has made it safer on a variety of levels, and his influence will be felt for years. We send him to his new role with our best wishes and our deep appreciation for his many contributions to the game."
Brendan Shanahan is the new president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Friday morning. He will assume his new duties immediately and will be formally introduced during a press conference Monday in Toronto.
He joins the Maple Leafs to oversee all team operations, according to a release from the club.
Just past the halfway mark of the game, Oshie gained control of the puck behind the net in the offensive zone. He skated along the boards to near the half-wall, where he was hit up high by Wild forward Mike Rupp.
Brendan Shanahan reportedly will resign his position as NHL Senior Vice President, Player Safety and Hockey Operations to join the Toronto Maple Leafs this weekend, according to a report Thursday.
The Toronto Star said Shanahan's resignation could come as early as Friday to take a senior management role with the club.
This season, the Maple Leafs appeared headed for a second straight trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but an eight-game losing streak which began in mid-March severely hurt their chances. Toronto was eliminated on Tuesday, when it lost 3-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and has made the playoffs once in the past nine seasons.
Rupert, 19, had 73 points (21 goals, 52 assists), 54 penalty minutes and a plus-36 rating in 68 regular-season games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. In 10 playoff games, Rupert has three goals, seven assists and 10 penalty minutes.
I feel that responsibility, I've felt it for the last two years. We core guys get a lot of minutes, we get a lot of opportunity out there. Our teammates, the organization and fans look to us to be the guys to put the puck in the net and to create momentum out there.
— Jordan Eberle on taking his game and the Edmonton Oilers to the next level