Joel Rumpel, the junior goaltender for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team, is one of five finalists for the inaugural Mike Richter Award.
The award, introduced this season and sponsored by Let's Play Hockey magazine and the Herb Brooks Foundation, is named for one of Rumpel's standout predecessors at UW and goes to the top college goaltender in the nation.
Richter played for the Badgers from 1985 to '87 and went on to NHL and Olympic acclaim.
It was announced Wednesday that Rumpel (19-5-1, 2.00 goals against average, 93.1 save percentage) made the cut from 19 candidates. He's joined by senior Sam Brittain of Denver, sophomore Connor Hellebuyck of UMass-Lowell, sophomore Adam Wilcox of Minnesota and junior Clay Witt of Northeastern.
Earlier this week Wilcox was named Player of the Year in the Big Ten Conference and chosen to the first team ahead of Rumpel, who was voted to the second team.
The winner of the Richter Award will be named during the NCAA Frozen Foyur April 10 to 12 in Philadelphia.