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Flames Prospect Gaudreau Looks to Take Next NHL Step

By Hobey Baker Committee, 07/07/14, 4:15PM CDT

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Article by Randy Sportak, QMI Agency, in Canoe.ca.

The Hobey Baker Award has a spot on the mantle. So does the puck from John Gaudreau's first NHL goal. Now the Calgary Flames prospect may have to make space for an ESPY Award, too.

“That's exciting. I'm up there against four pretty talented athletes,” said Gaudreau, who's among the finalists for the ESPN honor as the top male college athlete. “It's just great to be recognized. I'm gonna be excited to get out there and meet the other guys.”

The way things have gone in the last year, it's easy to think the honour is a slam dunk for Gaudreau, who was an offensive dynamo with 36 goals and 80 points in 40 games for Boston College before turning pro for the Flames season finale.

Besides, it seems like he's collected every other award he could.

“I'm sure there's a lot of awards I haven't won,” Gaudreau said with humility. “The most important was the Frozen Four, that we didn't win. It was a good season by our team this year, but came a little short."