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Adam Gaudette
Born October 3, 1996 (1996-10-03) (age 25)
Braintree, Massachusetts
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Vancouver Canucks
NHL Draft 149th overall, 2015
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2018–present

Adam Gaudette (born on October 3, 1996 in Braintree, Massachusetts) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected by the Vancouver Canucks 149th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career[]

Junior[]

In the 2013–14 season, Adam scored 29 goals in 27 games at Thayer Academy. In 2014, he committed to playing for Northeastern University. Skating as a freshman for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League, he scored 30 points in 41 games.

The Vancouver Canucks drafted him 149th overall in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft after acquiring the pick from the New York Rangers in exchange for Raphael Diaz.

Despite being drafted, Adam agreed to play for Northeastern University, as he committed to do in 2014.

College[]

In 2016, Adam tallied a goal and an assist to beat fellow Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko of Boston College to propel Northeastern to the Hockey East Championship.

Two years after being drafted, he was called a "first-rate prospect," ranking first in NCAA power-play goals with 14 and third in points after 31 games and in the top 10 nationally. Pierre McGuire described him as "the steal of the 2015 draft."

During the 2017–18 season, he recorded career highs in goals and assists while leading the Huskies to their first Beanpot championship in 30 years.

During the 66th Beanpot Final, he recorded a hat trick to help Northeastern beat Boston University 5–2 and earned the award of "Most Outstanding Player" for his efforts.

On March 26, 2018, he signed an entry level contract with the Canucks after completing the 2017–18 season first in the NCAA with 60 points.

At the end of the season, Adam won Hockey East Player of the Year and was awarded the Hockey East Scoring Champion title. He was also named to the First All-Star Team.

On April 6, 2018, he was announced as the Hobey Baker Award winner. He was also named an AHCA East First-Team All-American along with teammates Dylan Sikura and Jeremy Davies.

Professional[]

On March 29, 2018, Adam made his NHL debut on March 29, 2018, in a game against the Edmonton Oilers. As the Canucks failed to make the post season, he only appeared in 5 games.

After attending Canucks training camp prior to the 2018–19 season, he was reassigned to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Utica Comets; however, his stint in the AHL did not last long as he was called up to the NHL on October 15, 2018 after playing in four games for the Comets, where he tallied two goals and two assists.

On October 25, 2018, Adam earned his first career NHL point, assisting on a goal by Darren Archibald in a 4–1 loss at the Arizona Coyotes. He scored his first NHL goal on November 24, 2018, scoring the first Canucks goal in a 4–2 victory at the Los Angeles Kings.

Despite being expected to spend most of the season developing in Utica, injuries to Canucks centers resulted in he appearing in 56 games for Vancouver. He ended his rookie season with five goals and seven assists, generally playing center on Vancouver's third line.

Adam made Vancouver's 2019–20 season roster out of training camp; however, he was reassigned to Utica on October 24, 2019, after playing in only three of Vancouver's first nine games.

After being recalled on October 27, 2019, Adam responded by scoring six goals and ten points in November of 2019, solidifying his spot in the lineup.

He ended the COVID-19-shortened 2019–20 season with 12 goals, 21 assists, and 33 points in 59 games. He played in 10 of Vancouver 17 playoff games, going pointless.

On October 19, 2020, Adam re-signed with Vancouver on a one-year, $950,000 contract; however, on April 12, 2021, he was traded by Vancouver to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Matthew Highmore.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Thayer Academy HS-Prep 15 1 0 1
2011–12 Boston Advantage 16U AAA T1EHL 7 2 1 3 0
2012–13 Thayer Academy HS-Prep 11 2 3 5
2012–13 Boston Advantage 16U AAA T1EHL 6 2 2 4 2
2013–14 Thayer Academy HS-Prep 27 29 38 67
2014–15 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 50 13 17 30 55 3 0 0 0 4
2015–16 Northeastern University HE 41 12 18 30 20
2016–17 Northeastern University HE 37 26 26 52 20
2017–18 Northeastern University HE 38 30 30 60 41
2017–18 Vancouver Canucks NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Utica Comets AHL 14 5 6 11 12
2018–19 Vancouver Canucks NHL 56 5 7 12 18
2019–20 Utica Comets AHL 2 1 0 1 0
2019–20 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 12 21 33 37 10 0 0 0 2
2020–21 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 4 3 7 12
2020–21 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 1 3 4 0
NHL totals 160 22 34 56 67 10 0 0 0 2

Accolades[]

Award Year
College
Hockey East Player of the Year 2018
Hockey East Scoring champion 2018
Hockey East First All-Star team 2018
Hobey Baker Award 2018
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2018

Playing Style[]

Adam says he tries to model his game after players like Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron. He has been described as a center "known for his defensive prowess and his 200-foot game."

Personal Life[]

Adam has two brothers: Brady, who currently plays hockey for the University of Maine and Cam, who currently plays in the North American Hockey League for the Maryland Black Bears. On June 20, 2020, he married his girlfriend, Micaela Robinson.

During the NHL off-season, he runs an active Twitch channel, where he streams himself playing video games mainly Call of Duty, and interacts with fans; he has stated that he enjoys doing this as an opportunity to "give fans some inside intel on what our [NHL players'] lives are like outside of hockey."

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