Former Portage Terriers’ outstanding goaltender Jason Kasdorf has been nominated for the 2015-16 Mike Richter Award. This annual award honours the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA Division l men’s hockey. The winner will be announced at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Tampa, Florida.
Kasdorf, 23, is currently playing for RPI of the ECAC. He was also a former draft selection of the Winnipeg Jets. In total, nine former Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) goalies were nominated for the award. Overall, 26 nominees have combined for a 2.15 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and a grade-point average of 3.15.
Goalies on the Mike Richter Award watch list are chosen by members of Let’s Play Hockey, utilizing both past performance and future potential. Freshmen are not included on the first list of the season. Additions and deletions to this list, including freshmen, will be made as the 2015-16 season unfolds
The candidates for the Mike Richter Award will be determined by nominations from all 60 NCAA Division I men’s hockey head coaches. The finalists and winner are selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media.
Four of the nine CJHL alumni on this year’s list were also 2015 Mike Richter Award candidates with Jamie Phillips selected as a 2015 finalist. CJHL alumni make up approximately 35% on the nominees.
The following are the nine CJHL alumni nominated for the Mike Richter Award:
|Paul Berrafato||Buffalo Jr. Sabres||OJHL|
|Kevin Boyle||West Kelowna Warriors||BCHL|
|Michael Garteig||Powell River Kings||BCHL|
|Mitch Gillam||Chilliwack Chiefs*||BCHL/OJHL|
|Jason Kasdorf||Portage Terriers||MJHL|
|Olivier Mantha||Penticton Vees||BCHL|
|Jamie Phillips||Toronto Jr. Canadians**||OJHL/CCHL/BCHL|
|Steve Racine||Georgetown Raiders||OJHL|
|Evan Weninger||Kindersley Klippers||SJHL|
* – Also played for the Peterborough Stars of the OJHL
** – Also played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the CCHL and the Powell River Kings of the BCHL