In a result that shocked no one, the nation's leading scorer, Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau, was named the 2014 recipient of the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player.
His season came up just a bit short and ended in disappointment on Thursday afternoon in a 5-4 loss to Union. But Gaudreau was incredible all year, including on Thursday when he was able to show a national television the type of excitement he brings to every game. He finished the semifinal loss with a goal and two assists to finish the year with 36 goals 44 assists and 80 points, leading the nation in all three categories. He finished the season 15 points ahead of linemate Kevin Hayes, who finished second in scoring, and 23 points clear of the next closest scorer, fellow Hobey finalist Greg Carey. Gaudreau's 80 points makes him the first college hockey to reach the 80-point plateau since Colorado College's Peter Sejna scored 82 points in 2002-2003.
Gaudreau technically still has one year of eligibility remaining, though it is all but guaranteed that this will be his last season of college hockey, with the Calgary Flames eager to sign their former fourth round draft choice. Reports have circulated all day Friday that Gaudreau will be suiting up for the Flames this Sunday in their final regular season game. If Gaudreau has played his last college game, he leaves behind an incredible legacy, and the type of season that will be difficult for any player to replicate.