Adam Gaudette knows how to come through in the clutch. The junior forward for the Northeastern University hockey team has made a habit of scoring on the power play for the Huskies (5-2-1, 3-0 Hockey East). In fact, his 22 career power-play goals are the most in the country among active players.
The 6-foot-1 product of Braintree and Thayer Academy is tied for the team lead with six goals and is third in assists with seven. He has three power play goals this season, and scored all three goals in NU’s 3-1 victory over University of Massachusetts Lowell Oct. 27.
Gaudette compiled 52 points (26 goals, 26 assists) last season, the third-most among all sophomores. He also led the nation in power-play goals (16), setting a new single-season record at Northeastern. A communications major, Gaudette was drafted by Vancouver in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL draft.
Q. What’s behind the team’s fast start?
A. The last few years we haven’t started so well. This year we have focused on coming out hot. We really try to jump on teams early. Our team mind-set of buying into that has kicked in earlier than it has in the past.
Q. You lead the nation in career power-play goals for active players. To what do you attribute your ability to score on the man up?
A. Everyone on our power play is on the same page. It’s a five-man effort, and when everyone knows what to do, it’s pretty easy to score goals.
Q. How did you end up at Northeastern?
A. I’ve had a Beanpot school in my sights ever since I was young. Northeastern was just the perfect fit. I connected with the coaches really well. The location was perfect and I fell in love with the campus. Northeastern has always been an underdog team, and I look at myself as an underdog as well, so it’s a great fit.
Q. What is the team goal?
A. Our goal is to win a Beanpot, Hockey East, and a national championship. To do that, we just need to focus on the now and getting better everyday.
Q. What is the biggest asset you bring to the team?
A. I think I bring a lot of heart and hard work to the team and that rubs off on other guys. I try to do all the little things right, and just work my hardest.
Q. Is there a player in the NHL that you model your game after?
A. I have always modeled my game after Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews. Those guys are hard-working, 200-foot players that can be used in any situation but can also produce on the score sheet.
Q. How about a role model in life?
A. My role model has always been my dad, Doug. He and I come from a blue-collar family, and the biggest thing I got from my dad was his work ethic. He is always working nonstop to make the best possible life for his family, and I idolize that.
Q. How did you get into hockey?
A. My dad just stuck me on skates when I was really young and it stuck with me.
Q. Any pregame rituals?
A. I have a bunch of small rituals but nothing crazy. I always time my pregame routine the same, tape my stick the same way, get dressed the same way, and I’m always the first one dressed in the locker room.
Q. Favorite place for a bite to eat around campus?
A. My favorite place is probably Amelia’s, which is a small Mexican restaurant. I know a lot of guys like that place as well.John Johnson can be reached at email@example.com.