Some familiar names are among the 20 goalies on this year's Mike Richter Award watch list announced Thursday.
Four of the five goalies who were finalists for last year's award, given to the most outstanding men's goaltender in college hockey, were named to the Watch List. The four are St. Lawrence sophomore Kyle Hayton, Michigan State senior Jake Hildebrand, Yale junior Alex Lyon, and Michigan Tech senior Jamie Phillips.
The players (in alphabetical order):
|Michael Bitzer||Bemidji State||Sophomore|
|Tommy Burke||Bowling Green||Senior|
|Thatcher Demko||Boston College||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|
|Jamie Phillips||Michigan Tech||Senior|
|Danny Tirone||New Hampshire||Sophomore|
The award is named after former Wisconsin and New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter. Players must display outstanding skills on the ice along with being in good academic standing and good sportsmanship. Consideration is also given to a player's off-ice activities in his community.
The third annual Mike Richter Award winner will be announced at the 2016 Frozen Four in Tampa, Florida.
2015: Zane McIntyre, North Dakota
2014: Connor Hellebuyck, UMass-Lowell
Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation mostly covering both the University of Minnesota and Big Ten. You can also follow him on Twitter -- Follow @gopherstate