Tech’s Phillips up for Richter Award

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Michigan Tech junior goaltender Jamie Phillips was named one of the five finalists for the 2015 Mike Richter Award presented by Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation on Wednesday (March 18). Mike Richter will present the second annual award at the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four in Boston.

Phillips backstopped the fourth-ranked Huskies to a second-place finish in the WCHA while leading the conference in wins (27), goals-against average (1.61), save percentage (.938) and shutouts (6). A native of Caledonia, Ont., he owns a 27-7-2 overall record and ranks tied for first in the nation in wins, second in GAA and shutouts, and third in save percentage. The All-WCHA First Team netminder has played in every game this season for the Huskies, allowing two goals or less 29 times. He has stopped 30 or more shots in 12 games this season, including a career-high 43 saves in a 1-1 tie at Minnesota State on Feb. 27, and is currently riding a career-long 180:39 shutout streak.

Phillips has posted a .930 or better save percentage in 22 games this season and is 9-5-2 in one-goal games on the year. A seventh-round pick (190th overall) of the Winnipeg Jets in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Phillips is an exercise science major at Michigan Tech with a GPA of 3.36.

Other finalists for the award are Kyle Hayton from St. Lawrence, Jake Hildebrand from Michigan State, Alex Lyon from Yale, and Zane McIntyre from North Dakota.

Candidates for the Mike Richter Award were determined by nominations from all 59 NCAA Division I men’s hockey head coaches. The finalists and winner will be selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media.

Criteria for the Mike Richter Award:

  • Candidates must display outstanding skills on the ice
  • Candidates should be in good academic standing at an NCAA college or university
  • Consideration should be given to academic achievement and sportsmanship
  • Candidates must comply with all NCAA rules; be full-time students at an NCAA college or university; and complete 50 percent or more of the season
  • Consideration should be given to the candidate’s activities in the community

(Information Courtesy of MTU Athletics)