John “Johnny” Michael Gaudreau (born 13.8.1993) is an American ice hockey winger. He has been playing in the NHL since 2013 and he has played his whole NHL career with the Calgary Flames.
Johnny Gaudreau played with Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL season 2010-11. His team won the Clark Cup as the USHL champions – Gaudreau was selected USHL Rookie of the Year. Gaudreau entered to the 2011 NHL Draft and he was selected 104th overall by Calgary Flames. Gaudreau visited Calgary Flames’ training camp and after that started his career in the NCAA with Boston College Eagles. In his first season, Gaudreau won National Championship and Beanpot Tournament with Boston College. Gaudreau won the Bill Flynn Trophy as the MVP of the Championship tournament and he was also named MVP of Beanpot tournament. Gaudreau played three seasons with the Boston College Eagles and last season he was recipient of Hobey Baker Award, awarded to the NCAA’s best player.
On 11.4.2014, Gaudreau signed entry-level contract with Calgary Flames. 2014-15 season was Gaudreau’s first full season with the Flames. He finished regular season tied for rookie scoring lead – he made 64 (24+40) points. Gaudreau was a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the best rookie, but he finished third. The 2015-16 season was again very good for Gaudreau – he made 78 (30+48) points and finished tied sixth among all NHL players in points.
On 10.10.2106 Gaudreau signed six-year contract with Calgary Flames. Gaudreau set his career high in points during 2017-18 season – 84 (24+60) points. In season 2018-19, Gaudreau again rise his level and made his career best at points – 99 (36+63) points. Currently Johnny Gaudreau is the Flames’ key player – he has been leading five years in row the Flames in scoring.
Johnny Gaudreau represented Team USA in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He was he was named to the tournament All-star team and he was the best goal scorer of the tournament with seven goals – team USA won gold medals. In 2014, Gaudreau was named first time to the IIHF World Championships. After that he has been played twice in IIHF World Championships (2018 and 2019) – He scored 9 (1+8) points in 2018 championships when USA won bronze medals.
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Johnny Gaudreau won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the best sportsmanship and gentleman player of the year 2017. Gaudreau has filed a trademark application for his nickname “Johnny Hockey” in both Canada and USA.