Inducted in to the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003
Inducted into the Bishop Hendricken Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009
Rob Gaudreau was an offensive-minded right-winger who spent four years in the NHL during the early 90s. In addition to his big league experience, he was standout at Providence College and represented the United States on the international stage.
Rob, the son of Brown great and USA Olympian, Bob Gaudreau, was born in Lincoln, Rhode Island. He was selected 172nd overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins out of Bishop Hendricken High School, where he earned All-State honors three times.
He then played and starred for four years at Providence College where he tied the Friars all-time record for most goals in a season as a sophomore. Over his PC career he accumulated 103 goals and was named a NCAA second-team All-American and twice made the Hockey East All-Star teams. He was voted Hockey East Rookie of the Year in 1988 and New England Player of the Year and finalist for the Hobey Baker in 1991.
Rob represented the USA at the 1990 World Junior Championships. On May 30, 1991, Gaudreau was picked up by the newly founded San Jose Sharks in the NHL Dispersal Draft as he prepared for his senior year with the Friars.
He scored 23 goals as a rookie with the Sharks in 1992-93. He, most notably, collected the first two 3-goal “hat tricks” in Sharks history in that inaugural season. Following that campaign, he scored six points in five games while playing for Team USA at the IIHF World Championships. Gaudreau was a vital role player on the improved Sharks six when they reached the playoffs in 1994 and came within a victory of reaching the semifinals.
In January, 1995, Gaudreau was picked up on waivers by the Ottawa Senators. He spent two years as a checker with his new club before signing with the Swiss club La Chaux-de-Fonds. He retired in 1997 after scoring 42 points in 37 games for the club.