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Candidates Announced for Inaugural Mike Richter Award

18 finalists will vie for college hockey's first ever top goalie award.

UMass-Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck is a finalist for the first ever Mike Richter Award
UMass-Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck is a finalist for the first ever Mike Richter Award
Justin K. Aller

Let's Play Hockey magazine and the Herb Brooks Foundation announced the 18 finalists for the first ever Mike Richter Award as college hockey's best goalie.

Here are the 18 finalists:

Candidate School Year W-L-T GAA SV% SO
Sam Brittain Denver Senior 13-11-6 2.10 .931 4
Aaron Crandall Minnesota Duluth Senior 11-9-3 2.77 .903 0
Thatcher Demko Boston College Freshman 13-1-3 1.74 .937 2
Ryan Faragher St. Cloud State Junior 16-6-4 2.62 .910 1
Jon Gillies Providence Sophomore 14-7-5 2.23 .926 3
Connor Hellebuyck UMass Lowell Sophomore 12-6-2 1.90 .929 3
Jake Hildebrand Michigan State Sophomore 8-13-7 2.22 .931 2
Andy Iles Cornell Senior 13-7-5 2.26 .920 0
C.J. Motte Ferris State Junior 22-5-3 2.22 .928 3
Zach Nagelvoort Michigan Freshman 10-7-2 2.26 .927 1
Martin Oullette Maine Senior 14-11-4 2.17 .929 3
Joel Rumpel Wisconsin Junior 16-4-1 1.83 .936 2
Jimmy Sarjeant Mercyhurst Junior 16-4-5 2.33 .934 1
Colin Stevens Union Junior 19-4-2 2.10 .922 4
Steve Summerhays Notre Dame Senior 17-11-2 1.90 .929 7
Jason Torf Air Force Senior 11-6-4 2.60 .911 1
Adam Wilcox Minnesota Sophomore 20-4-5 1.97 .931 3
Clay Witt Northeastern Junior 16-8-3 2.17 .940 4

Like the Hobey Baker award, candidates are judged not only by on-ice criteria, but also off-ice criteria as well. Also like the Hobey, the award will be handed out on the Friday of this year's Frozen Four in Philadelphia. The award is voted on by a combination of coaches, scouts, and members of the media.