Nominees announced for 2016 Mike Richter Award
Third annual award to be presented at 2016 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Tampa
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Third annual award to be presented at 2016 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Tampa

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. Let's Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation announced today the 26 nominees for the 2016 Mike Richter Award, which honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's hockey. The third annual award will be presented by Mike Richter at the 2016 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.

The nominees for the 2016 Mike Richter Award appear below

The nominees combine for a 2.15 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and a grade-point average of 3.15. Candidates for the Mike Richter Award were determined by nominations from all 60 NCAA Division I men's hockey head coaches. The finalists and winner will be selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media. The five finalists for the 2016 Mike Richter Award will be announced on Wednesday, March 16.

Criteria for the Mike Richter Award:

- Candidates must display outstanding skills on the ice

- Candidates should be in good academic standing at an NCAA college or university

- Consideration should be given to academic achievement and sportsmanship

- Candidates must comply with all NCAA rules; be full-time students at an NCAA college or university; and complete 50 percent or more of the season

- Consideration should be given to the candidate's activities in the community

Past winners: 2015 Zane McIntyre (North Dakota), 2014 Connor Hellebuyck (UMass Lowell)

NOTES: There are 19 Americans, six Canadians and 1 Finn among the nominees The 26 candidates represent 12 different U.S. states California, Minnesota and New York lead with three each, Pennsylvania with two, and Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Texas and Wisconsin with one each Five Canadian provinces are represented Ontario with two, and British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan with one each Conference breakdown ECAC 7, Hockey East 7, NCHC 4, Big Ten 3, WCHA 3, Atlantic Hockey 2 The nominees include seven seniors, seven juniors, eight sophomores and four freshmen.

Name School Year MIN W-L-T GAA SV% SO SVS
Paul Berrafato Holy Cross Sophomore 1750 15-9-5 2.23 .917 2 716
Kevin Boyle UMass Lowell Senior 1832 19-7-5 1.87 .932 6 778
Thatcher Demko #! Boston College Junior 1947 22-4-4 1.75 .938 9 798
Nick Ellis Providence Junior 1794 21-5-4 2.01 .930 3 798
Michael Garteig # Quinnipiac Senior 1926 23-2-7 1.87 .925 7 737
Mitch Gillam # Cornell Junior 1579 13-8-6 1.94 .933 6 710
Kyle Hayton *# St. Lawrence Sophomore 1945 15-10-3 2.05 .935 3 829
Cam Johnson North Dakota Sophomore 1942 15-3-1 1.54 .940 5 504
Jason Kasdorf Rensselaer Senior 1501 10-10-4 2.16 .935 2 771
Kasimir Kaskisuo Minnesota Duluth Sophomore 1731 11-13-5 2.01 .918 4 653
Greg Lewis Clarkson Senior 1039 10-7-2 2.08 .922 1 424
Charlie Lindgren # St. Cloud State Junior 1801 24-6-1 2.03 .929 5 799
Alex Lyon *# Yale Senior 1589 18-4-4 1.51 .941 4 638
Merrick Madsen Harvard Sophomore 1297 14-4-3 1.99 .930 4 571
Olivier Mantha # Alaska Anchorage Sophomore 1597 10-14-3 2.89 .902 1 706
Eamon McAdam Penn State Junior 965 11-4-1 2.43 .928 1 499
Packy Munson Vermont Freshman 1015 8-8-1 2.31 .919 3 443
Chris Nell Bowling Green Sophomore 1692 13-8-6 1.77 .934 3 712
Rob Nichols # Connecticut Junior 1439 7-16-2 2.96 .909 2 707
Cal Petersen # Notre Dame Sophomore 1928 18-7-7 2.12 .930 0 910
Jamie Phillips *# Michigan Tech Senior 1771 17-7-5 2.00 .921 2 692
Steve Racine Michigan Senior 1259 15-2-3 2.76 .916 1 635
Ryan Ruck Northeastern Freshman 1636 12-10-4 2.20 .914 2 639
Eric Schierhorn Minnesota Freshman 1762 16-14-0 2.69 .907 3 771
Terry Shafer Robert Morris Senior 1321 14-8-2 2.41 .933 4 736
Evan Weninger Omaha Freshman 988 13-5-0 2.31 .926 1 475
* 2015 Mike Richter Award finalist
# 2015 Mike Richter Award nominee
! 2014 Mike Richter Award nominee

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About the Herb Brooks Foundation: The Herb Brooks Foundation is dedicated to growing the game of hockey and giving the game back to the kids. Founded in 2003 by Dan Brooks and Kelly Brooks Paradise, Herb's family and friends created the foundation to preserve his legacy by continuing his life's work by growing the game by "making hockey fun for kids and letting them learn to love the game the way we did."