Folks in Denver and Maine will never forget his goal. Sophomore Gabe Gauthier beat All-American goalie Jimmy Howard five-hole to ultimately give the Denver Pioneers a 1-0 victory over Maine in the 2004 NCAA championship game. Probably the best, most controversial game I have ever seen. [...] Gauthier’s snipe on Howard after accepting a pass from senior Connor James in the corner, just five weeks after James broke his leg in a league-playoff eliminating defeat to rival Colorado College. [...]
Gauthier continued a splendid college career, winning another national title as a junior and serving as co-captain [...] before signing with the Los Angeles Kings as an undrafted free agent. [...] Gauthier has accepted the head coaching position at Metro State, a club program that opens its season Sept. 20 at DU. He finished his pro career with the Denver Cutthroats last season.
Gabe lit it up in the AHL for the Manchester Monarchs, played in All-Star games, and had a cup of coffee eight games with the Kings over two seasons 2006-07 and 2007-08. Gauthier, 29, met his beautiful wife Tammy in Manchester and the couple has a daughter.
Last story about Gabe: He’s from southern California, but played junior-A in Chilliwack, B.C. He went by “Go-Chay” from Day 1 at DU, but he grew up “Goth-E-er.” He explained the change during a crowded press conference at a 2004 NCAA Tournament regional in Massachusetts, saying something like “The PA announcer in Chilliwack asked me how I pronounce my name. I said, ‘How do you pronounce it here?’ He said ‘Go-Chay’ and I said, ‘Let’s go with that.’”