Jason Gonzalez has covered an array of sports at all levels over the last nine years. He learned ice hockey, however, long before — during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah (his hometown). He got a close up look of legendary Gophers alum Herb Brooks and other Minnesota hockey greats. Jason has been with the Star Tribune since 2012.

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Gophers' Wilcox among 18 candidates for top goalie award

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: February 28, 2014 - 2:33 PM

Adam Wilcox was among 18 candidates announced for the inaugural Mike Richter Award honoring college hockey's top goaltender on Friday afternoon.

The Gophers sophomore goaltender has a record of 20-4-5 with a goals-against average of 1.97. Wilcox has three shutouts and a .931 save percentage. 

The candidates combine for a 2.19 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage, and 3.12 grade-point average.

Minnesota Duluth's Aaron Crandall and St. Cloud State's Ryan Faragher are among the candidates. The Big Ten's Jake Hildebrand (Michigan State), Zach Nagelvoort (Michigan) and Joel Rumpel (Wisconsin) were also nominated by the 59 Division I men's hockey coaches.

The winner of the award, presented by Let's Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation, will be announced during the Frozen Four in Philadelphia. 

Candidate                      School                    Year              W-L-T        GAA        SV%     SO              

Sam Brittain                  Denver                     Senior            13-11-6      2.10        .931        4

Aaron Crandall              Minnesota Duluth      Senior             11-9-3       2.77        .903        0

Thatcher Demko           Boston College         Freshman        13-1-3       1.74         .937       2

Ryan Faragher              St. Cloud State         Junior             16-6-4        2.62        .910       1

Jon Gillies                    Providence                Sophomore     14-7-5        2.23        .926       3

Connor Hellebuyck       UMass Lowell            Sophomore     12-6-2        1.90        .929       3

Jake Hildebrand           Michigan State           Sophomore     8-13-7        2.22        .931       2

Andy Iles                    Cornell                       Senior            13-7-5        2.26        .920        0

C.J. Motte                  Ferris State                 Junior             22-5-3       2.22        .928        3

Zach Nagelvoort          Michigan                     Freshman       10-7-2       2.26        .927        1

Martin Oullette            Maine                         Senior            14-11-4      2.17        .929       3

Joel Rumpel               Wisconsin                   Junior             16-4-1       1.83         .936       2

Jimmy Sarjeant          Mercyhurst                  Junior              16-4-5       2.33        .934       1

Colin Stevens             Union                          Junior              19-4-2       2.10        .922       4

Steve Summerhays     Notre Dame                 Senior             17-11-2     1.90        .929       7

Jason Torf                   Air Force                     Senior             11-6-4       2.60        .911      1

Adam Wilcox              Minnesota                   Sophomore       20-4-5      1.97        .931      3

Clay Witt                    Northeastern                Junior              16-8-3       2.17        .940      4

The finalists and winner will be selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media.

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


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