ST. PAUL, Minn. - Northeastern junior forward Adam Gaudette (Braintree, Mass.) has been awarded the 2018 Hobey Baker Memorial Award given annually to the best player in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey it was announced tonight East Player of the Year. The award was presented in conjunction with the 2018 Frozen Four in St. Paul. Gaudette was also named to the CCM/AHCA All-American First Team.
Gaudette becomes the 10th player in Hockey East history to collect college hockey's highest individual award, and the first since Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau and Boston University's Jack Eichel were so honored in consecutive seasons in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Criteria for the award includes displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
Gaudette tops off a historic 2017-18 season that saw him become just the third Northeastern player to be named the Hockey East Player of the Year and the second Husky skater to earn the honor after Zach Aston-Reese was tabbed as the league's best player last season. The Braintree, Massachusetts native lead the NCAA in goals (30), points (60), points per game (1.58) and power-play points (27) in just 38 games played. He also registered 20 goals and 15 assists in 24 Hockey East games win the Hockey East scoring crown. He is just the 11th player in Northeastern history to surpass the 30-goal plateau in one season and just the seventh in the NCAA since 2012-13.
The junior forward, who signed an NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks following the completion of his season with the Huskies, was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star and to the CCM/AHCA All-American First Team. He was twice named the Hockey East Player of the Month (January and February) and was also honored as the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Player of the Month twice (January and February) and Hockey East Player of the Week on three occasions. Further, Gaudette claimed the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born college hockey player in New England.
Gaudette finished his career with Northeastern as the school's all-time power-play goal scorer (32), 11th in career goals (68) and 17th in career points (142). In February, he helped the Huskies claim the first Beanpot title in 30 years and was named MVP of the tournament.
List of Hockey East Players to Win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award
|1991||David Emma||Boston College||Forward|
|1998||Chris Drury||Boston University||Forward|
|1999||Jason Krog||New Hampshire||Forward|
|2000||Mike Mottau||Boston College||Defense|
|2009||Matt Gilroy||Boston University||Defense|
|2014||Johnny Gaudreau||Boston College||Forward|
|2015||Jack Eichel||Boston University||Forward|