Let's Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation on Wednesday announced the five finalists for the inaugural Mike Richter Award to honor the outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's hockey. The finalists are senior Sam Brittain (Denver), sophomores Connor Hellebuyck (UMass Lowell) and Adam Wilcox (Minnesota), and juniors Joel Rumpel (Wisconsin) and Clay Witt (Northeastern).
Candidates were determined by nominations from all 59 NCAA Division I men's hockey coaches. The finalists and winner are selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media. Nominees are based on criteria including skill on the ice, academic standing, sportsmanship and community service. The finalists combined for a 2.09 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage and a grade-point average of 3.23.
The award will be presented at the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Philadelphia.