Dudek was selected to play for Team USA in the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in August — which also included teams from Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland and the host Czech Republic.
The 16-year-old proved to be the star of the tourney, scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals in the gold medal game victory over the Czechs. He also added a highlight-reel score against Slovakia.
“Putting on the Team USA jersey was an unbelievable honor,” he said. “I had been over to Europe before, but this was the first time I really felt comfortable playing that style of hockey.”
The 5-11, 170-pound Dudek had already received offers from Hockey East schools UNH and University of Maine, but when Boston College officially offered, he made his choice.
“I talked with my parents and a family advisor,” he said. “I knew I loved BC. They have three championships in the last few years. BC was always the college I had dreamed of going to, and I made the decision.
“It was such a great run (to the national title) for BC last season, and I remember watching and it didn’t seem like a reality I could play with those guys. They were so much bigger. So it is amazing to be here.”
Unlike a lot of recruits, he won’t spend five years in high school or four and a year in Juniors.
Dudek will now play two seasons at Kimball Union, after two seasons starring for Pinkerton. Last season, Dudek was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star after scoring 20 goals, finishing second in the area in points (53) and helping lead Pinkerton to its second state title in program history. As a freshman, he finished with 14 goals and 39 points.
“I knew last year was going to be my last at Pinkerton,” he said, “So me and (Eagle-Tribune 2012 MVP Zach) Sanford set the goal to win the title. We weren’t leaving without the ring, and we got it. But I am excited to play at Kimball Union.”