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BURLINGTON â€“ It was a homecoming of sorts for Boston College Eagle sophomore Johnny Gaudreau and he didnâ€™t disappoint. Gaudreau had a goal Friday in the Eagleâ€™s 4-4 draw with the University of Vermont and then followed that up with two goals and four assists as BC nailed the Catamounts 7-2 Saturday night.
While Johnny hails from Carneyâ€™s Point, New Jersey, his roots are well established in northern Vermont. Over 30 relatives from the Beebe and Orleans County area showed up to watch their son, grandson, cousin and so on, and the 19-year-old delivered.
Johnny is the son of former North Country Union High School star Guy Gaudreau. The youngster has many relatives here in the NEK and several showed up to see him perform last weekend as his BC Eagles team played UVM.
Guy led the Falcons during the mid-seventies and followed that up with an 88-goal, 56-assists scoring career at Norwich University. Young John has had a whirlwind two years. He was Hockey East Rookie of the Year. His team won the national NCAA championship with Johnny as the MVP, and then this past summer his seven goals led Team USA to the World Juniors Championship.
After his seven-point weekend in Burlington, Gaudreau leads American East scorers with 18 goals and 28 assists. Quite a run for the 5â€™8" 155-pound sophomore.
For more of this story, see Friday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for March 15, 2013.