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Returning nominee Cam Johnson tops Richter Award watchlist

Twenty goalies were named to the Mike Richter Award for the 2016-17 season with North Dakota's Cam Johnson the only finalist from last year on the list again.

The award, given annually to the most outstanding goaltender in Division I hockey, will be announced at the Frozen Four in Chicago. Players are chosen by members of Let's Play Hockey, the longest-running hockey newspaper in the U.S., using past performance and future potential. Freshmen are not included. Past winners include Boston College's Thatcher Demko (2016), North Dakota's Zane McIntyre (2015) and UMass Lowell's Conner Hellebuyck (2014).

The nominees:
In alphabetical order, the goalies on the watch list for the 2017 Mike Richter Award are:


Paul Berrafato#,  Holy Cross Junior


Michael Bitzer,  Bemidji State Junior


Gordon Defiel, Lake Superior State Junior


Parker Gahagen,  Army West Point Senior


Mitch Gillam#, Cornell Junior


Kyle Hayton#, St. Lawrence Junior


Cole Huggins, Minnesota State Senior


Tanner Jaillet, Denver Junior


Cam Johnson*,  North Dakota Junior


Merrick Madsen#, Harvard Junior


Chris Nell#, Bowling Green Junior


Cal Petersen#, Notre Dame Junior


Colton Phinney, Princeton Senior


Ryan Ruck#, Northeastern Sophomore


Eric Schierhorn#, Minnesota Sophomore


Alex Sakellaropoulos, Union Senior


Shane Starrett, Air Force Sophomore


Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan Sophomore


Drew Vogler, Merrimack Sophomore


Evan Weninger#, Omaha Sophomore
# — 2016 Mike Richter Award nominee | * —  2016 Mike Richter Award finalist



Above: Cam Johnson courtesy North Dakota Athletics

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