Gophers junior goaltender Adam Wilcox was named to the Mike Richter Award Watch list on Friday evening. The award honors college hockey's top goaltender.
Wilcox is one of 20 standouts from around the country to be recognized. The list also included Minnesota State sophomore goaltender Cole Huggins.
The Big Ten has five representatives on the short list with Wilcox, Ohio State's Christian Frey, Michigan State's Jake HIldebrand, Michigan's Zach Nagelvoort and Wisconsin's Joel Rumpel.
Wilcox and Rumpel were finalists for last year's award.
In alphabetical order, the 2015 Mike Richter Award watch list:
Name School Year
Thatcher Demko # Boston College Sophomore
Casey DeSmith New Hampshire Senior
Christian Frey Ohio State Sophomore
Michael Garteig Quinnipiac Junior
Jon Gillies # Providence Junior
Lukas Hafner Western Michigan Junior
Jake Hildebrand # Michigan State Junior
Brody Hoffman Vermont Junior
Cole Huggins Minnesota State Sophomore
Zane McIntyre North Dakota Junior
Steve Michalek Harvard Senior
C.J. Motte # Ferris State Senior
Zach Nagelvoort # Michigan Sophomore
Matt O’Connor Boston University Junior
Steve Perry Clarkson Sophomore
Joel Rumpel * Wisconsin Senior
Jimmy Sarjeant # Mercyhurst Senior
Colin Stevens # Union Senior
Adam Wilcox * Minnesota Junior
Clay Witt * Northeastern Senior
* 2014 Mike Richter Award finalist # 2014 Mike Richter Award candidate
Note: The watch list was chosen by members of Let’s Play Hockey, utilizing both past performance and future potential. Freshmen are not included on the first list of the season. Additions and deletions to this list, including freshmen, will be made as the 2014-15 season unfolds. The inaugural winner of the Mike Richter Award was Connor Hellebuyck of UMass Lowell.
Candidates for the Mike Richter Award will be determined by nominations from all 59 NCAA Division I men’s hockey head coaches. The finalists and winner are 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