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Johnny Gaudreau named NHL’s first star for January

Another day, another accolade for Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau. The National Hockey League announced on Friday that Gaudreau has been named the league’s first star for the month of January.

In their release, the league detailed Gaudreau’s excellence so far this season:

Gaudreau ranked second in the NHL with 8-10—18 in 11 games to propel the Flames (33-13-5, 71 points) to a 9-1-1 January and into first place in the Western Conference. Gaudreau found the scoresheet in all but his final appearance of the month, extending his point streak to 11 contests dating to Dec. 31 (10-12—22) – the longest by a Calgary player since Kristian Huselius posted a 15-game run from Jan. 9 – Feb. 10, 2007 (10-11—21). Gaudreau registered six multi-point performances in January, including 1-3—4 to open the month (Jan. 2 at DET) – his second straight four-point effort (also Dec. 31 vs. SJS: 2-2—4) and the eighth such outing of his career. He also scored in seven different contests, highlighted by his team-best sixth winning goal of the campaign Jan. 2 at DET. The 25-year-old Salem, N.J., native – who was the League’s ‘Second Star’ of December – sits fourth in the NHL with 29-44—73 in 51 total games this season, also sharing fifth place in assists and sixth place in goals.

It’s yet another honour for Gaudreau so far in 2018-19. He’s emerged as one of the top players in the NHL and a bonafide Hart Trophy contender through the first 51 games of the Flames’ season.