National Hockey League star and Oldmans Twp., N.J. native Johnny Gaudreau will be inducted into the Salem County Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 29 at Salem Community College. The ceremony – free and open to the public – will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Sol and Jean Davidow Performing Arts Theatre, Davidow Hall, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carneys Point.
Longtime Salem resident Victor Major will be posthumously inducted. Major was the inspiration behind the creation of the Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. He served on the Hall of Fame board until his passing on March 25 at the age of 86. An avid sports fan, Major utilized his keen knowledge of Salem County sports and its significant athletes and coaches to help identify candidates for the Hall of Fame, including Gaudreau.
Known as Johnny Hockey, Gaudreau (who turned 24 on August 13) got his start at rinks in South Jersey and Delaware. According to his bio on NHL.com, Johnny played for Dubuque of the United States Hockey League and attended Boston College, where he won the 2014 Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's best player. He made his mark on the international stage, where he won a gold medal for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Tournament, before turning professional.
Selected in the fourth round (No. 104) by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL draft, the 5-foot-9, 157-pound left wing quickly became one of the League's most exciting players. He is a three-time NHL All-Star who has 204 career points in 232 games.
After scoring a goal in his debut in the final game of the 2013-14 season, Gaudreau played 80 games in 2014-15, scored 24 goals and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL's top rookie. He led all rookies in assists with 40, tied Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators for the rookie lead in points with 64 and recorded 14 multiple-point games. Gaudreau helped Calgary to its first playoff appearance in six seasons and led the Flames with nine points in 11 games.
Following the 2016-17 season, he received the Lady Byng Trophy for displaying sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability.
The Salem County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony is sponsored by Tri-County Termite & Pest Control, Inc. and Garden of Eden Flower Shop.
For more information about the induction ceremony, contact Ceil Smith at 856.351.2644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: Oldmans Twp., N.J. native Johnny Gaudreau of the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames will be newest inductee into the Salem County Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 29 at Salem Community College. In addition, longtime Salem resident Victor Major will be posthumously inducted. Major was the inspiration behind the creation of the Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Sol and Jean Davidow Performing Arts Theatre, Davidow Hall, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carneys Point. The event is free and open to the public. (Johnny Gaudreau photo courtesy of the Calgary Flames.)