New award honors top collegiate goalie

A new college hockey award will be presented April 11 at the NCAA Frozen Four in Philadelphia. It’s called the Mike Richter Award, which will be presented to the most outstanding goalie in men’s college hockey.

Richter played for the University of Wisconsin before embarking on a 14-year NHL career with the New York Rangers. He was a Stanley Cup and participated in three Olympics.

The national award is being presented by Let’s Play Hockey Newspaper and the Herb Brooks Foundation.Richter Award

I remember talking with the folks at Let’s Play Hockey last year when the creation of this award was being discussed. I thought it was a great idea and long overdue for some organization to recognize the outstanding play of men’s collegiate goalies on a yearly basis.

Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox, who trained with the Carroll Goalie School staff during his youth hockey days in South St. Paul, is one of the five finalists for the award. Wouldn’t that be cool if he won it?

I have never met Mike Richter but he is connected to the Carroll Goalie School. A long time ago, I worked with Mike’s brother in the PR business. For years, he would send me dozens of trading cards signed by Mike that I would give away to goalies who trained at my school. The autographed cards made for nice souvenirs.