Who will win the 2023 Mike Richter Award as college hockey's best goalie? And who should?
The Mike Richter Award is given annually to the "most outstanding" goaltender in NCAA hockey, and unlike most seasons, the cast of nominees should look pretty familiar.
While 2022 finalist Dryden McKay is no longer playing college hockey, the other two goalies who ended up as finalists last season are back once again: Northeastern's Devon Levi (who already began his NHL career last week and won the award in 2022) and Quinnipiac's Yaniv Perets (who will play in the Frozen Four tomorrow) are both finalists for the second season in a row.
Perets and Levi, who hail from the same hometown in Quebec, are two of just a handful of goaltenders to be Richter finalists in back-to-back years.
Joining them is Michigan Tech's Blake Pietila, who was a finalist in 2021.
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