It’s been quite a week for Johnny Gaudreau. The former Boston College standout left winger went from playing college hockey (and winning its most prestigious award) to playing professional hockey all in a four day span. It’s a remarkable series of events that few athletes will ever experience.
It started in disappointing fashion for Gaudreau, who could not save Boston College from being upset in the Frozen Four by eventual NCAA champions Union in a 5-4 thriller. Gaudrreau actually got a shot off as time expired (it would have tied the game), but was saved:
Gaudreau, who scored earlier in the game, closed the book on what was a remarkable career for B.C. He won the National Championship as a freshman, leading the Eagles in points during their late-season win streak (with 27). And earlier this season (as a junior), Gaudreau strung together a 31-game point streak.
Despite the loss, he was named as the recipient of the Hobey Baker Award the next day (given to the top college hockey player in the country). His total season stats were insane:
– 36 goals
– 44 assists
– 80 points in 40 games (meaning he averaged 2 points per game)
So, he’s clearly going to make an NHL team happy. Who is the lucky recipient though?
Unfortunately for Bruins fans, it’s Jerome Iginla’s old team, not his current one. Drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL draft, Gaudreau signed a professional contract shortly after receiving his award. And, as can be seen in the video at the top, he didn’t waste any time.
Despite the Flames losing the game 5-1 to the Canucks, Gaudreau’s redirection meant that he scored in his first game with his first NHL attempt. Pretty solid start. It’s a nice way for the 20-year-old to get his feet wet in the professional league, even if the Flames aren’t going to the playoffs. Their season is over, but the NHL career of the prolific Boston College winger is just beginning.