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20 goalies named to Mike Richter Award Watch List for 2015-16

By Kevin Kurtt, Let's Play Hockey, 10/12/15, 1:00PM CDT


Third annual award to be presented at 2016 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Tampa

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. — Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation announced the 20 goalies named to the watch list for the 2016 Mike Richter Award, which annually honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA Division I men’s hockey. The winner of the third annual award will be announced at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.

In alphabetical order, the goalies on the watch list for the 2016 Mike Richter Award are:

Jayson Argue, Bentley, Sophomore
Michael Bitzer #, Bemidji State, Sophomore
Tommy Burke, Bowling Green, Senior
Evan Cowley, Denver, Junior
Thatcher Demko #, Boston College, Junior
Charlie Finn #, Colgate, Junior
Michael Garteig #, Quinnipiac, Senior
Mitch Gillam #, Cornell, Junior
Carmine Guerriero #, Alabama Huntsville, Junior
Kyle Hayton *, St. Lawrence, Sophomore
Jake Hildebrand *, Michigan State, Senior
Dalton Izyk, Robert Morris, Junior
Kasimir Kaskisuo, Minnesota Duluth, Sophomore
Charlie Lindgren #, St. Cloud State, Junior
Alex Lyon *, Yale, Junior
Jamie Phillips *, Michigan Tech, Senior
Mike Santaguida #, Vermont, Junior
Danny Tiron, New Hampshire, Sophomore
Jay Williams #, Miami, Senior

* 2015 Mike Richter Award finalist
# 2015 Mike Richter Award nominee

Goalies on the Mike Richter Award watch list are chosen by members of Let’s Play Hockey, utilizing both past performance and future potential. Freshmen are not included on the first list of the season. Additions and deletions to this list, including freshmen, will be made as the 2015-16 season unfolds.

Connor Hellebuyck of UMass Lowell and Zane McIntyre of North Dakota won the 2014 and 2015 Mike Richter Award, respectively.

Candidates for the Mike Richter Award will be determined by nominations from all 60 NCAA Division I men’s hockey head coaches.

The finalists and winner are selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media.

Criteria for the Mike Richter Award:

  • Candidates must display outstanding skills on the ice.
  • Candidates should be in good academic standing at an NCAA college or university.
  • Consideration should be given to academic achievement and sportsmanship.
  • Candidates must comply with all NCAA rules; be full-time students at an NCAA college or university; and complete 50 percent or more of the season.
  • Consideration should be given to the candidate’s activities in the community.

About Let’s Play Hockey:
In its 44th season and based in the Twin Cities, Let’s Play Hockey is the longest-running hockey newspaper in the U.S., serving the largest hockey market in the nation. Let’s Play Hockey is published 29 times a year – weekly during the hockey season and monthly during the off-season.

About the Herb Brooks Foundation:
The Herb Brooks Foundation is dedicated to growing the game of hockey and giving the game back to the kids. Founded in 2003 by Dan Brooks and Kelly Brooks Paradise, Herb’s family and friends created the foundation to preserve his legacy by continuing his life’s work by growing the game by “making hockey fun for kids and letting them learn to love the game the way we did.”