COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Six goaltenders from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) have been selected to the 2022 Mike Richter Award Watch List, as the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) announced the 28 names up for the honor of top Division I goaltender in men’s college hockey. The Richter Award has been presented annually to the top men’s college hockey goalie since 2014.
The NCHC ties with the Big Ten for the second-most goaltenders on the list, trailing only Hockey East’s seven, with NCHC netminders making up 21.4 percent of the Watch List. Four of the six NCHC goaltenders on the list are juniors, while four different countries are represented among the six. Colorado College sophomore Dominic Basse, Western Michigan junior Brandon Bussi, Denver junior Magnus Chrona, Minnesota Duluth junior Ryan Fanti, St. Cloud State grad student Dávid Hrenák and Omaha junior Isaiah Saville are all on the Richter Award Watch List.
Basse (Alexandria, Va.) is a two-time NCHC Goaltender of the Week. The Chicago Blackhawks draft pick has started 16 games for CC, posting a .906 save percentage and a 2.51 goals-against average, while going 6-8-2 in net. He earned his first career shutout on Dec. 4 at Omaha and made a season-high 40 saves in a 5-3 win at then-No. 10 Boston College on Oct. 22.
Bussi (Sound Beach, N.Y.) is also a two-time NCHC Goaltender of the Week and was the NCHC Goaltender of the Month for December. After missing most of last season due to an injury, he’s started all 19 games in net for the Broncos this year, posting a 14-5-0 record with a .916 save percentage and a 2.39 GAA. His 14 wins are tied for fifth in the NCAA, while he has two shutouts on the season, with his first career shutout on Oct. 8 at Ferris State and his other a 36-save effort Nov. 20 vs. St. Cloud State.
Chrona (Stockholm, Sweden) is another two-time NCHC Goaltender of the Week this season. The San Jose Sharks prospect has started 18 games in goal for Denver, posting a 13-4-1 record with a .909 save percentage and a 2.24 GAA (16th nationally). Chrona has two clean sheets on the season, shutting out a pair of top-15 teams in Minnesota Duluth Dec. 10 and Omaha Jan. 16, giving him five for his career. He’s allowed two goals or less in 12 of his 18 starts so far.
Fanti (Thunder Bay, Ont.) was the NCHC’s November Goaltender of the Month and the HCA Men’s National Goaltender of the Month for November, recording four shutouts in the month, which were the first four of his career. He is a two-time NCHC Goaltender of the Week, as well. Fanti logged three straight shutouts from Nov. 6-13, including his first career shutout Nov. 6 at Western Michigan. He ranks sixth nationally with both a .933 save percentage and a 1.60 GAA. Fanti has started 18 games in goal for UMD, going 11-5-2 and allowed a goal or less in half of his 18 starts.
Hrenák (Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia) was the NCHC’s Goaltender of the Month for October and also earned Goaltender of the Week early in the season. He has started 15 games in goal for the Huskies, posting a 10-5-0 record. The L.A. Kings draft pick has compiled a .925 save percentage, which is 13th in the NCAA, and has a 1.94 GAA, which ranks 10th nationally. He also has one shutout this year, breaking the SCSU career record with 12 shutouts (tied for second in NCHC history), and became SCSU’s all-time wins leader in goal with 76 currently.
Saville (Anchorage, Alaska) is a five-time NCHC Goaltender of the Week, the most by any NCHC goalie this season. The Vegas Golden Knights draft pick has started 17 games in goal for Omaha, going 10-7-0 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.28 GAA, which is 19th in the NCAA. His four shutouts this season tie for fifth nationally and give him six for his career. Saville has surrendered a goal or less in seven of his 17 starts this season.
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 two weeks and then ultimately choose the winner, who will be announced in April during the Men’s NCAA Frozen Four.
The NCHC is home to two previous Mike Richter Award winners in former North Dakota goaltender Zane McIntyre, who won the second annual award in 2015, and former Denver netminder Tanner Jaillet, who won in 2017.
NCHC Goaltenders on 2022 Richter Award Watch List
Dominic Basse, Colorado College (SO — Alexandria, VA)
Brandon Bussi, Western Michigan (JR — Sound Beach, NY)
Magnus Chrona, Denver (JR — Stockholm, Sweden)
Ryan Fanti, Minnesota Duluth (JR – Thunder Bay, ONT)
Dávid Hrenák, St. Cloud State (GR - Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia)
Isaiah Saville, Omaha (JR – Anchorage, AK)