Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko has won the Mike Richter Award, given to the top goaltender in Divsion 1 NCAA hockey.
The other finalists were Kevin Boyle from UMass-Lowell, Cam Johnson from North Dakota, Charlie Lindgren from St Cloud State, and Alex Lyon from Yale.
This award caps off a great season for 20-year-old netminder who set new career highs in games played (39), wins (27), minutes played (2361), goals against average (1.88), save percentage (0.935), and shutouts (10). He set a new Boston College single season shutout record, passing former Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider’s mark of 8.
The San Diego native finished the NCAA season ranked 1st in shutouts, 5th in save percentage, and 8th in goals against average. He was named Co-Player of the Year for NCAA Hockey East, sharing the award with the aforementioned UMass-Lowell goaltender Kevin Boyle.
Canucks management met with the former second round pick earlier today with hopes of the young man turning pro, but as was reported by News 1130, Demko will take a couple of weeks to decide whether to return to Boston College for his senior season or to join the Canucks organization.
Regardless of the outcome of that decision, winning the Mike Richter Award is fantastic news for one of the Canucks future building blocks.