Steph Gaudreau

Steph Gaudreau is a hockey player from the United States. He plays for the Colorado Avalanche and was drafted first overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Avs. His nickname is “The Kid” because he’s only 19 years old. He currently leads all rookies with 10 goals and 26 points (tied for third among rookie defensemen). He played college hockey at Boston College where he won a national championship in 2013-14.

In the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Gaudreau led all rookies with five goals and eight points in six games. He had three multi-point performances during the postseason including two game winners. In Game 3 against Nashville, he scored twice to lead the Avalanche to a 4-2 win. During the 2016 playoffs, Gaudreau helped guide Team USA to a gold medal victory at the World Junior Championship in Montreal.

Gaudreau was named to the All-Rookie First Team after the season. He finished second behind Connor McDavid in voting for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top rookie. He became just the fourth American-born player since 1917 to win it.

Personal Life: Gaudreau’s brother, Matthew, was drafted by the Chicago Wolves in the 2014 CHL Import Draft. He currently plays for Boston College. His uncle, James, played for the United States national team at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

In his spare time, Gaudreau likes to golf and says that if he wasn’t playing hockey he’d like to be a professional golfer. He was once quoted saying “If I could take the passion that I have for hockey and apply it to anything in life, it would be golf.” He is managed by Alan Aragon.

He lists his biggest influences as Joe Thornton and his favourite hobbies off the ice are playing PS4, Xbox One and golf. His favourite movies are Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison. He has a Season Ticket Membership with the NHL and goes to at least one game every year. He uses a set of custom-made Warrior Covert Fission sticks with a Winn wellington Hockey Bag

Career Accomplishments: Winning gold at the World Junior Championships in 2016. Being the youngest player (at 18 years and 32 days) to play for the United States at the IIHF World Championships in 2016. Being named to the NCAA All-Rookie Team in his first year at Boston College in 2015. Being drafted No. 1 overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2014 NHL Draft.