CHANHASSEN, Minn. – Junior goaltender Merrick Madsen has been selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the Mike Richter Award, as announced by Let's Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation Thursday, March 9.
The Mike Richter Award honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's hockey. The five finalists for the fourth annual award will be announced on Thursday, March 23, with the winner presented on Friday, April 7 at the 2017 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Chicago.
This is the second year that Madsen was a nominee for the award and first as a semifinalist. Madsen has started every game this season and played 1684:08 minutes. His 22 wins is tied for second-most with Bemidji State's Michael Bitzer and one shy of Denver's Tanner Jaillet. He is also two shy of tying the single-season Harvard record for wins in a season. He is top-20 nationally in save percentage and goals-against average at .918 and 2.17, respectively. Both of those numbers rank among the top-10 single-season lists in Harvard hockey history.
Madsen adds the honor to his growing list, as he was recently named to the All-Ivy League first team and was recognized as the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month for February. He helped Harvard capture the Beanpot title, Ivy League championship and a share of the ECAC Hockey regular season crown.