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2015-16 Mike Richter Award Watch List Announced

Yale goaltender Alex Lyon is one of four finalists for last year's Mike Richter Award on the 2015-16 Watch List.
Yale goaltender Alex Lyon is one of four finalists for last year's Mike Richter Award on the 2015-16 Watch List.
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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):

Name School Year
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 Quinnnipiac 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
James Kruger Dartmouth Senior
Charlie Lindgren St. Cloud State Junior
Alex Lyon Yale Junior
Jamie Phillips Michigan Tech Senior
Mike Santaguida Vermont Junior
Danny Tirone New Hampshire Sophomore
Jay Williams Miami Senior

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.

Previous Winners:

2015: Zane McIntyre, North Dakota

2014: Connor Hellebuyck, UMass-Lowell

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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 --