Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation announced Friday night that the 2018 recipient of the Mike Richter Award is Cale Morris from Notre Dame. The award goes o the nation's top goaltender in college hockey.
Morris takes home the award one night after Notre Dame defeated Michigan to advance to the Frozen Four championship game, following a goal by Jake Evans in the final seconds of the semifinals. Morris made 25 saves and played all 60 minutes to help the Fighting Irish clinch their first trip back to the title game since 2008.
Congratulations to All-American Cale Morris, who was named the Mike Richter Award winner, honoring the most outstanding goaltender in collegiate hockey!#GoIrish pic.twitter.com/8p7LLHZ7qA— Notre Dame Hockey (@NDHockey) April 7, 2018
The sophomore has recorded eye-opening statistics this season — depite only playing in one game last year. Heading into the Frozen Four, Morris led the nation in save percentage with a .945 mark. His 1.91 goals against average was sixth in the country.
Morris is 27-7-1 this season and has recorded four shutouts. He helped the Fighting Irish capture this year's Big Ten tournament title and was subsequently named the conference tournament's most outstanding player.
Morris becomes the first from Notre Dame to win the award since it's conception in 2014. Denver's Tanner Jaillet ws the 2017 recipient.