On Wednesday, Hockey East announced seven individual awards and named its 2012-13 All-Rookie team for the conference, and the Boston College Eagles men’s hockey team has received some of those honors.
Defenseman Mike Matheson was named to the All-Rookie team and was one of three unanimous choices out of the six players chosen. So far this season, the Canadian freshman has managed 25 points, 8 goals and 17 assists, which has set a high for BC defensemen this year. Matheson also boasts one of the better plus/minus ratings on the team at +18. He is a first-round draft pick for the NHL’s Florida Panthers and is probably destined to be a short-timer at Boston College, but so far, so good.
Senior Patrick Wey was named the “Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman” in Hockey East this season. Wey, property of the Washington Capitals, has appeared in all but one of Boston College’s 36 games this season and has totaled 12 points, but his defense has been crucial. Someone had to step into the shoes left empty by Brian Dumoulin and to this point, he has performed admirably.
Finally, sophomore Johnny Gaudreau was named the “Turfer Athletic Scoring Champion” as he collected 49 points this season, leading all contenders in Hockey East. For the purposes of the award, only points scored in conference games count, and Gaudreau won that tally as well, coming in with 36. His next closest competitor was Mike Collins of Merrimack at 32. This is an impressive achievement for Gaudreau, considering that his post-World Juniors play resulted in a handful of games in which he had no points at all, but he made up for lost time quickly.
Most recently, the Eagles have played four consecutive games against the Vermont Catamounts, and in those contests, Gaudreau scored in each and totaled ten points. His most impressive of those performances was a six-point explosion in a 7-2 win at Burlington.
Consequently, on the women’s side, an Eagle won this award as well: sophomore Alex Carpenter set a league record with 48 conference points.
Congratulations to Wey, Matheson, and Gaudreau.