Boston College junior Johnny Gaudreau was named the 34th recipient of the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player. He’s just the third winner from BC, and the eighth from Hockey East. The previous seven have had mixed success in the NHL.
1991: David Emma, BC
The Rhode Island native appeared in 34 NHL games over parts of five seasons, including five games with the Bruins 1996-97. The center was proficient in the AHL (215 points in 257 games) but totaled just 11 points at the top rung.
1992: Scott Pellerin, Maine
He appeared in 45 games with the Devils as a rookie but didn’t establish himself until joining the Blues as a free agent in 1996. He was a steady contributor over parts of 11 NHL seasons, and appeared in the postseason five times.
1993: Paul Kariya, Maine
Kariya set the bar for Hockey East products in the NHL by making the All-Star team seven times, winning two Lady Byng trophies, scoring 50 goals at age 21, and ending a stellar 15-year career with 989 points in 989 games.
1998: Chris Drury, Boston University
Drury is the only Hobey Baker winner to take home the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. Though he had zero All-Star appearances, he did post nine seasons with at least 20 goals and won the Cup with Colorado in 2001.
1999: Jason Krog, New Hampshire
Krog, 38, is still plugging along, completing his third straight season in Sweden. He last appeared in the NHL in 2008 with the Canucks. Overall he played in 202 NHL games, with 25 of his 59 points coming in the 2002-03 season.
2000: Mike Mottau, BC
The defenseman from Quincy is wrapping up his ninth NHL season (58 career points) with San Antonio of the AHL. It started with the Panthers, his sixth franchise since breaking in with the Rangers. He was a playoff contributor for the Bruins in 2012.
2009: Matt Gilroy, BU
Gilroy and Mottau give San Antonio of the AHL a well-decorated blue line. Gilroy was sent down by the Panthers in November, after an unproductive start to his fifth NHL season. However, he’s only 29 and has shown an offensive touch.