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Gaudreau named Hockey East's Player of the Year

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- It should come as no surprise that Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau got the nod as Hockey East's Player of the Year.

The Boston College junior has been playing on another level than his competitors throughout the season, routinely terrorizing defencemen and goaltenders with his combination of skill, speed, and hockey sense.

He's the nation's leading scorer with 69 points (32 goals, 37 assists) through just 37 games and has been held off the scoresheet just twice all season. He also tied Paul Kariya's Hockey East record for points in consecutive games (31), which was set in 1992.

Gaudreau was also named the Squad Locker Scoring Champion for the second consecutive season, with 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points in 20 Hockey East games. The Carneys Point, NJ product had nine more points than his nearest competitor, linemate Kevin Hayes.

In addition, he was named to the Hockey East First All-Star team.

The 20-year-old was also the runner-up for the Hockey East Three Stars Award.

Gaudreau's linemate and fellow Flames prospect Bill Arnold was named Hockey East's Gladiator Co-Best Defensive Forward. He shares the title with undrafted Providence College junior Ross Mauermann. Arnold, a senior at Boston College, amassed 9 goals and 22 points in 20 Hockey East games this season, averaging 1.10 points-per-game.

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