|Born||August 13, 1993 |
Salem, New Jersey
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||157 lb (71 kg; 11 st 3 lb)|
|NHL team||Calgary Flames|
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||104th overall, 2011|
He was selected by the Flames in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Johnny played for the NCAA Division I's Boston College Eagles from 2011 to 2014.
Nicknamed "Johnny Hockey," he was the 2014 winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in the NCAA.
Johnny played the 2010–11 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League (USHL) where he played in the 2011 USHL All-Star Game and helped his team win the Clark Cup as the USHL champions.
His outstanding play during the season was rewarded with him being selected to the USHL All-Rookie Team and to the All-USHL Second Team. He was also recognized as the USHL Rookie of the Year.
Johnny was selected 104th overall in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. Listed at 5'6", he was one of the shortest players taken at the draft.
After attending the Calgary Flames' training camp, Johnny started his career in the NCAA with the Division I Boston College Eagles team in the Hockey East conference.
He originally signed a Letter of Intent to play with Hockey East rival Northeastern University, but he opted for Boston College when Northeastern Hockey Head Coach Greg Cronin resigned in June 2011 to take a position with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs.
As a Freshman at Boston College, Johnny went on to score 21 goals and 23 assists (44 points) in 44 games, leading all freshmen in scoring. He played an integral part in Boston College's win in the team's National Championship, scoring a highlight-reel goal late in the third period in their 4–1 win in the final over Ferris State University.
He was awarded the Bill Flynn Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Hockey East Championship Tournament. He also helped the Eagles win the traditional Beanpot Tournament for the third year in a row and was named Beanpot MVP after the tournament.
In his Sophomore campaign, Johnny emerged as the star of the team and improved upon his already impressive stats, achieving a 21–30–51 scoring line in 35 games, leading the nation in points per game, at 1.46. He then led the Eagles to a fourth consecutive Beanpot championship after helping to win a gold medal for the United States at the 2013 World Juniors.
Despite losing to archrival Boston University in the Hockey East tournament semi-finals and bowing out of the NCAA tournament in the first round against Union College, Johnny was awarded Hockey East Player of the Year and was named an ACHA First Team All-American for his tremendous offensive output.
On April 3, 2013, Johnny was named one of the three finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, along with Eric Hartzell and Drew LeBlanc (who won the award).
He opted to remain at Boston College for his Junior year, despite rumors of him turning professional and joining the Calgary Flames. One of the main reasons he stayed, he claimed, was to play with his younger brother Matthew (who joined the team in the Fall).
Johnny's decision to remain was fortunate for Boston College as he dominated the NCAA in every major scoring category, scoring 36 goals and 44 assists for 80 points in 40 games, a 2.00 point per game pace, the highest production by any player in the country since 2003.
After a 5–4 Eagles loss to Holy Cross in November, Johnny was paired up with Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes on a line, which quickly became collegiate hockey's most offensively-potent line, producing 46 goals and 68 assists for 114 points as a trio. In addition, he tied Paul Kariya's record for the Hockey East single season scoring streak at 31 games, scoring 29 goals and 61 points during the span.
For his tremendous season, Johnny was named the league's Player of the Year for the second straight season, as well as the league's scoring champion with 36 points in 20 games and was named a unanimous First-Team All-Star.
He was also named a Hobey Baker top ten finalist on March 20th and a top three "Hobey Hat Trick" finalist for the second-straight year on April 2nd.
Although the team lost to Union in the Frozen Four on April 11, Gaudreau was named the 2014 recipient of the Hobey Baker Award, awarded to the NCAA's top ice hockey player.
Johnny entered the NHL on the same day of his receiving of the Hobey Baker award.
On Aprll 11, 2014, shortly after the ceremony, he and his Eagles' teammate Bill Arnold signed entry-level contracts with the Calgary Flames, who also drafted Arnold in 2010. Both made their NHL debut in the Flames' final game of the 2013–14 season, against the Vancouver Canucks.
He scored the Flames' only goal on his first shot of his first professional game.
To begin the 2014–15 season, Johnny earned a spot on the Flames' roster to continue his NHL career. Starting off slowly, he did not record a point until the sixth game of the year. However, after that, he heated up quickly, amassing 12 goals and 30 points through 37 games.
On December 22, 2014, he scored his first career NHL hat-trick against Jonathan Quick in a 4–3 comeback win over the Los Angeles Kings, becoming the youngest Flames players record a hat-trick since Joe Nieuwendyk in the 1987–88 season.
Johnny was selected to play in the 2015 NHL All Star Game in Columbus, Ohio on January 25, 2015 and participated in the Skills Competition, garnering attention with Jakub Voracek for their antics during the shootout challenge.
The shootout move (which imitated the previous move performed by Ryan Johansen, who helped seven-year-old Cole Vogt, the son of Columbus Blue Jackets Trainer Mike Vogt score a goal on Corey Crawford) went viral.
Voracek (who went immediately after Johansen), "helped" Gaudreau score a goal in the same manner as Johansen did with Vogt, making fun of Johnny's size & youth as his small stature in comparison to other NHLers lead some to believe he looks like a child.
Johnny was originally named to the All-Star Skills Competition Rookie Team, limited to only the competition portion, but was promoted to the All-Star Game itself as a replacement to Sidney Crosby, who could not play due to injury. He was named to Team Toews and recorded two assists in the game, both on goals scored by the Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, himself also a rookie participating in the Game.
On March 11, 2015, Johnny scored his 50th point of the season, becoming the first Flames rookie to reach the mark since Jarome Iginla did so in 1996–97.
He finished the regular season tied for the rookie scoring lead with Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators. He had 24 goals and led all rookies with 40 assists while Stone had 26 goals.
Johnny was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie, but the award went to Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers. He was named to the NHL's All-Rookie team for the 2014–15 season.
The 2015-16 season was a banner year for Johnny as the sophomore set career highs in goals, assists, and points, en route to finishing tied for sixth among all NHL players in total points scored.
For the second straight year, Johnny participated in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. He was selected as a finalist to be the All-Star Game MVP, an honor that was eventually given to controversial and unlikely write-in candidate John Scott.
However, Johnny's team failed to live up to high expectations bestowed upon them after their surprisingly successful 2014-15 season, finishing 26th in the NHL and missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.
On November 16, 2016, in a game against the Minnesota Wild, he suffered from a finger fracture. Despite speculation that he would miss up to six weeks of the season, he returned to the line-up after ten games.
Regular season and playoffs
|2009–10||Team Comcast||Midget AAA||46||29||27||56||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Dubuque Fighting Saints||USHL||60||36||36||72||36||11||5||6||11||6|
|2016||Team North America||WCH||5th||3||2||2||4||0|
|Competitor for United States|
|World Junior Championships|
In 2013, Johnny was selected to represent the United States in the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He led the entire tournament with seven goals and tied for the team lead with nine points as Team USA won the gold medal.
Highlighted by a hat-trick in the quarter-finals against the Czech Republic and another two goals against Canada in the semi-finals, he was named to the tournament All Star Team.
In 2014, Johnny was named to the senior United States team that played in the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
Johnny scored his first international goal as a professional in a pre-tournament game against Germany, scoring the second goal in a 3–1 victory. He scored in the first official game of the tournament, the third goal in a 5–1 victory over hosts Belarus.
Although Team USA bowed out of the tournament in a quarter-finals loss to the Czech Republic, he finished the tournament tenth in scoring, with two goals and eight assists for ten points, including a four-point performance in a 5–4 win over Germany.
In 2016, Johnny joined the North American team playing at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, playing alongside other NHL stars from both the United States and Canada who are 23 years old and under.
- USHL Rookie of the Year: 2010–11
- All-USHL Second Team: 2010–11
- USHL All-Star: 2010–11
- Beanpot MVP: 2012
- Bill Flynn Trophy – Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player: 2012
- Hockey East All-Tournament Team: 2012
- All-Hockey East Rookie Team: 2011–12
- Hockey East Player of the Year: 2012–13
- All-Hockey East First Team: 2012–13
- AHCA East First-Team All-American: 2012–13
- NCAA Hobey Hat Trick (Top 3) Finalist: 2012–13
- Walter Brown Award Winner: 2013–14
- Hockey East Player of the Year: 2013–14
- All-Hockey East First Team: 2013–14
- AHCA East First-Team All-American: 2013–14
- Hobey Baker Award Winner: 2013–14
- NHL All-Star Game: 2015, 2016, 2017
- NHL All-Rookie Team: 2014–15
- World Junior Ice Hockey Championships All-Star: 2013
Johnny's younger brother, Matthew, is currently playing on an ATO for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL after formerly playing for the Boston College Eagles. The brothers played one year together at BC during the 2013–14 season.
His parents are Guy Gaudreau and Jane Gaudreau. Guy Gaudreau is a Canadian who retired from the teaching industry in 2009.