Gaudreau & Gillies win big at Hockey East annual Championship Awards
Calgary Flames prospects Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College) and Jon Gillies (Providence College) cleaned up at the Hockey East annual Championship Awards on Thursday night with Gaudreau being named the Athletic Republic Player of the Year and Gillies claiming Rookie of the Year honours.
Gaudreau, a sophomore from Carney's Point, NJ, also was the Turfer Athletic Scoring Champion with an incredible 20 goals and 49 points through 33 games this year. His 1.48 points-per-game average leads the nation as well. He closed out the season with career performance, posting six points (two goals, four assists) in a 7-2 thumping of Vermont.
The 19 year-old is just the fourth underclassman in league history to be selected as Player of the Year, joining Brian Leetch (Boston College) and Paul Kariya (Maine) and current Boston College associate head coach Greg Brown.
Gillies has been a pillar of strength for Providence this season, guiding them into the Hockey East semi-finals this coming weekend in Boston, MA. The netminder went 17-11-6 this season and recorded a franchise-record five shutouts. His goals-against-average in the 2012-13 campaign was 2.05 and his .931 save percentage was the tenth best in the nation.
The netminder was a regular winner in Hockey East's weekly awards, claiming Rookie of the Month in November and February, Defensive Player of the Week four times (Oct. 15, Nov. 26, Feb. 11 and March 11) and Rookie of the Week five times (Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Jan. 14, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25).
The South Portland, ME native was also named a First-Team All-Star, making Hockey East history as the first freshman to be selected as the first-team goaltender. In addition to that elustruous honour, Gillies is just the third freshman at any position to be named to the first team, joining defenceman Brian Leetch and Paul Kariya.
The Flames drafted Gaudreau in the fourth round (104th overall) at the 2011 NHL Draft and selected Gillies in the third round (75th overall) in 2012 NHL Draft.