13 NAHL alumni named to Mike Richter Award watch list
The Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) has announced a “Watch List” of 41 goalies who will compete for the Mike Richter Award, given annually to the top goalie in men’s NCAA Division I hockey since 2014.
Of the 41 goalies nominated, 13 are alumni that previously played in the NAHL before moving onto play in NCAA Division I hockey.
A committee of voters — made up of a cross section of coaches, administrators, scouts and media — will pare the Watch List down to approximately 15 names within the next three weeks and then ultimately choose the winner, who will be announced on Friday, April 7 during the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.
Two former NAHL alumni, Collor Hellebuyck (2014) and Jack LaFontaine (2021) are past recipients of the award and who are both currently playing professional hockey.
Past Richter Award Recipients: 2014 - Connor Hellebuyck, UMass Lowell; 2015 - Zane McIntyre, North Dakota; 2016 - Thatcher Demko, Boston College; 2017 - Tanner Jaillet, Denver; 2018 - Cale Morris, Notre Dame; 2019 - Cayden Primeau, Northeastern; 2020 - Jeremy Swayman, Maine; 2021 - Jack LaFontaine, Minnesota; 2022 – Devon Levi, Northeastern
NAHL Alumni on 2022-23 Richter Award “Watch List”
Zachary Borgiel, Merrimack (Brookings Blizzard, 2017-18)
Jaxon Castor, St. Cloud State (Shreveport Mudbugs, 2017-18)
Jakub Dobeš, Ohio State (Topeka Pilots, 2019-20)
Mitchell Gibson, Harvard (Lone Star Brahmas, 2017-18)
Gustavs Davis Grigals, UMass-Lowell (Shreveport Mudbugs, 2017-18)
Beni Halasz, Northern Michigan (New Mexico Ice Wolves, 2020-22)
Jacob Kucharski, Nebraska-Omaha (Austin Bruins, 2016-17)
Ludvig Persson, Miami (Lone Star Brahmas, 2019-20)
Arseni Sergeyev, Connecticut (Shreveport Mudbugs, 2020-21)
Ian Shane, Cornell (Bismarck Bobcats, 2020-21)
Mattias Sholl, Bemidji State (Fairbanks Ice Dogs, 2018-20)
Christian Stoever, Bowling Green (New Jersey, 2020-21/WBS Knights, 2017-18)
Chad Veltri, Niagara (Corpus Christi IceRays, 2017-18)