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Cayden Primeau wins Mike Richter Award

The 19-year-old Voorhees, NJ native was named the top goaltender in college hockey on Friday, adding some more hardware to his collection

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Goaltender Cayden Primeau closed out his collegiate career in style on Friday.

The 19-year-old Voorhees, NJ native was presented with the 2019 Mike Richter Award, which honors the most outstanding goaltender in the NCAA ranks.

Tweet from @RichterAward: 2019 Mike Richter Award winner @cpreems29 with - who else? - Mike Richter. 📷 @HockeyPicsJim

Primeau was in Buffalo to receive the award in conjunction with the NCAA Frozen Four, which will see the University of Minnesota Duluth and the University of Massachusetts battle it out for the national title over the weekend.

To say that the Canadiens' prospect enjoyed a remarkable year would be an understatement.

He posted a 25-10-1 record in 36 appearances for Northeastern University during his sophomore campaign, along with a 2.09 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage and four shutouts.

Primeau backstopped the Huskies to their second consecutive Beanpot title, a Hockey East crown and a second straight berth in the NCAA Tournament.

His individual accolades during the 2018-19 campaign include being named Beanpot MVP and securing the Eberly Award as the goaltender with the best save percentage in the tournament. 

Tweet from @GoNUmhockey: Hear from Cayden Primeau after becoming Northeastern���s first-ever @RichterAward winner!#HowlinHuskies

He earned Hockey East Goaltending Champion honors for a second straight season, and was named the MVP of the Hockey East Tournament and a Hockey East First Team All-Star as well.

The four other finalists for the Mike Richter Award were Joey Daccord (Arizona State), Jake Kielly (Clarkson), Hunter Shepard (Minnesota Duluth) and Andrew Shortridge (Quinnipiac).

On March 31, Primeau signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens through the 2021-22 season. He also signed a professional tryout contract with the AHL's Laval Rocket and spent some time with Joel Bouchard's contingent before returning to school to close out his academic year.

Primeau was selected in the seventh round, 199th overall by the Canadiens in the 2017 NHL Draft.

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