On Friday, North Dakota’s Zane McIntyre — a Boston Bruins draftee — captured the 2015 Mike Richter award as the best netminder in the country.
McIntyre, who finished the season with a 29-10-3 record, a 2.05 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage, beat out the likes of Michigan Tech’s Jamie Phillips, Yale’s Alex Lyon, Michigan State’s Jake Hildebrand and St. Lawrence’s Kyle Hayton for the award.
Richter, the award’s namesake, was on hand to present the trophy. The 48-year-old was a collegiate standout himself before embarking on a decorated NHL career; he played for the Wisconsin Badgers in the mid-1980s, winning WCHA freshman of the year and a second-team All-Star berth during his two seasons on campus.
“I love the way he [McIntyre] competes,” Richter said, per WDAZ North Dakota. “I think it’s what you find in him as a person that’s going to pave his way to success.”
“What separates the exceptional players like Zane is what’s in between the ears. You’re not at this level unless you have a lot of talent. You couldn’t compete. But when you have that extra gear of intangibles, that really starts to separate people. Zane has an incredible amount of poise.”
McIntyre and UND were knocked out of the Frozen Four on Thursday after a loss to Jack Eichel-led Boston University. It’s unclear what the future has in store — McIntyre could return for his senior season, or turn pro.