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Rumpel a candidate for Mike Richter Award


Feb. 28, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- Let's Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation announced today the 18 candidates for the inaugural Mike Richter Award, which annually honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's hockey. The inaugural award, named after the Badger great, will be presented at the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Philadelphia.

Among the candidates is Wisconsin junior goaltender Joel Rumpel, who is the Big Ten leader with a .786 winning percentage (16-4-1), 1.83 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. Those numbers are among the national leaders, with his win percentage and goals-against average third in the country and his save percentage fifth in college hockey. He also boasts two shutouts on the season and nine for his career, which shares second at UW for a career.

Rumpel has been the Big Ten First Star of the Week on two occasions this season, and is this week's Big Ten Second Star of the Week after backstopping UW's sweep over Michigan State last weekend. He has also posted a nine-game winning streak this season, lasting from Dec. 13 to Jan. 24, which is one of the top-five goaltender winning streaks in school history.

Rumpel and sixth-ranked Wisconsin (19-9-2, 10-5-1-0 Big Ten) take this weekend off before making the program's first-ever trip to Penn State next weekend.

The candidates combine for a 2.19 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and a grade-point average of 3.12. The nominees for the 2014 Mike Richter Award are:

CANDIDATE                        SCHOOL                        YEAR      W-L-T          GAA     SV%     SO   
San Brittain Denver Sr. 13-11-6 2.10 .931 4
Aaron Crandall Minnesota Duluth        Sr. 11-9-3 2.77 .903 0
Thatcher Demko Boston College Fr. 13-1-3 1.74 .937 2
Ryan Faragher St. Cloud State Jr. 16-6-4 2.62 .910 1
Jon Gillies Providence So. 14-7-5 2.23 .926 3
Connor Hellebuyck        UMass Lowell So. 12-6-2 1.90 .929 3
Jake Hildebrand Michigan State So. 8-13-7 2.22 .931 2
Andy Iles Cornell Sr. 13-7-5 2.26 .920 0
C.J. Motte Ferris State Jr. 22-5-3 2.22 .928 3
Zach Nagelvoort Michigan Fr. 10-7-2 2.26 .927 1
Martin Oullette Maine Sr. 14-11-4 2.17 .929 3
Joel Rumpel Wisconsin Jr. 16-4-1 1.83 .936 2
Jimmy Sarjeant Mercyhurst Jr. 16-4-5 2.33 .934 1
Colin Stevens Union Jr. 19-4-2 2.10 .922 4
Steve Summerhays Notre Dame Sr. 17-11-2 1.90 .929 7
Jason Torf Air Force Sr. 11-6-4 2.60 .911 1
Adam Wilcox Minnesota So. 20-4-5 1.97 .931 3
Clay Witt Northeastern Jr. 16-8-3 2.17 .940 4

Candidates for the Mike Richter Award were determined by nominations from all 59 NCAA Division I men's hockey head coaches. 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

Largely considered one of the top goaltenders of the last 30 years, Mike Richter played youth hockey in Pennsylvania and New York before heading to the University of Wisconsin to stop pucks for the Badgers. In two seasons in Madison, Richter was named the 1986 WCHA Freshman of the Year and earned All-WCHA second team honors in 1987.

After two seasons in the IHL, Richter made his NHL debut in the 1989 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the New York Rangers. Playing full-time for the Rangers beginning with the 1990-91 season, he was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie in just his second full season in the NHL.

After splitting goaltending duties with veteran John Vanbiesbrouck for several seasons, Richter was made the Rangers' primary starter for the 1993-94 season. He went on to post a career-best 42 wins and 2.57 goals-against average that year as the Rangers won the Presidents' Trophy as the league's top regular-season team. In the playoffs, Richter backstopped New York to the Stanley Cup Finals where the Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games to win their first Stanley Cup since 1940. During the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he became the eighth goaltender to post four shutouts in one playoff season.

Consistently ranked one of the world's best goaltenders, Richter played in 666 games during his 14-year NHL career, all with the Rangers. His 301 wins are more than any other Rangers goaltender and he was named an NHL All-Star three times in his career. Richter's jersey (#35) became the third number retired by the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Feb.  4, 2004.

Richter was also a standout on the international stage, tending the net for Team USA for parts of three decades. He is one of just 10 Americans ever to compete in at least three Olympic Games (1988, 1998, 2002), including in 2002 when he helped the team capture the silver medal. In addition, he led Team USA to the World Cup of Hockey championship in 1996 and was named the tournament's MVP. He also played in two IIHF World Junior Championships (1985-86), three IIHF Men's World Championships (1986-87, 1993) and the 1991 Canada Cup.

Richter was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.

About Let's Play Hockey: In its 42nd season and based in Minneapolis, Let's Play Hockey is the longest-running hockey newspaper in the U.S., serving the largest hockey market in the nation. Let's Play Hockey is published 29 times a year - weekly during the hockey season and monthly during the offseason.

About the Herb Brooks Foundation: The Herb Brooks Foundation is dedicated to growing the game of hockey and giving the game back to the kids. Founded in 2003 by Dan Brooks and Kelly Brooks Paradise, Herb's family and friends created the foundation to preserve his legacy by continuing his life's work by growing the game by "making hockey fun for kids and letting them learn to love the game the way we did." 

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