The Hockey Commissioners Association has announced, Justen Close of the Minnesota Gophers has been added to the watch list for this year’s Mike Richter Award,
The Kindersley native has built a 7-3-0 record since assuming starting goaltender duties last month. Four of his wins have come against top-12 nationally ranked teams while six of his 10 starts have come against teams ranked in the top seven nationally in scoring offense.
He ranks first in the Big Ten and seventh nationally with a 1.91 GAA while his .924 save percentage ranks 11th in college hockey this season.
The Mike Richter watch list is an award is given to the top Division I goalie in men’s hockey, named after the former Wisconsin netminder. Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine earned the award in 2021, who unexpectedly signed Jan. 9 with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.