Madsen was a nominee for the Mike Richter Award last year (John Crouch).
CHANHASSEN, Minn. – Junior goaltender Merrick Madsen has been named to the Mike Richter Award Watch List, as announced by Let's Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation Friday, October 7.
Madsen is one of 20 netminders nationally selected to the watch list for the award that recognizes college hockey's top goalie each season. Madsen was honored as a nominee last season, after finishing eighth in the nation in save percentage (.931), 10th in win percentage (.696) and shutouts (four) and 14th in goals-against (2.00). His career .930 save percentage was the third-best among active NCAA Division I goalies to begin the 2016-17 season.
The Mike Richter Award was first given out in 2014. In addition to Madsen, Steve Michalek '15 (2015) has also been a nominee for the award. Past winners of the award are Thatcher Demko (2016-Boston College), Zane McIntyre (2015-North Dakota) and Connor Hellebuyck (2014-UMass Lowell).
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. The winner is announced at the Frozen Four.
In alphabetical order, the goalies on the watch list for the 2017 Mike Richter Award are:
Name School Year
Paul Berrafato # Holy Cross Junior
Michael Bitzer Bemidji State Junior
Gordon Defiel Lake Superior State Junior
Parker Gahagen Army West Point Senior
Mitch Gillam # Cornell Junior
Kyle Hayton # St. Lawrence Junior
Cole Huggins Minnesota State Senior
Tanner Jaillet Denver Junior
Cam Johnson * North Dakota Junior
Merrick Madsen # Harvard Junior
Chris Nell # Bowling Green Junior
Cal Petersen # Notre Dame Junior
Colton Phinney Princeton Senior
Ryan Ruck # Northeastern Sophomore
Eric Schierhorn # Minnesota Sophomore
Alex Sakellaropoulos Union Senior
Shane Starrett Air Force Sophomore
Atte Tolvanen Northern Michigan Sophomore
Drew Vogler Merrimack Sophomore
Evan Weninger # Omaha Sophomore
* 2016 Mike Richter Award finalist
# 2016 Mike Richter Award nominee