University of Denver goaltender, Tanner Jaillet, won the 2017 Mike Richter Award Friday night at the Frozen Four in Chicago. The award is given annually to college hockey's top goalie.
"It's a great honor. It's humbling. I played on a great team and had a lot of help. It's exciting for sure," Jaillet said.
Jaillet has been the backbone of a stellar Pioneers defense that is now just a win away from a national championship. His 27 wins this year rank second in the nation. He is third in the country with a 1.83 goals against average behind two goalies that play in lesser conferences. Tanner is 8th in the country with a .928 save percentage.
He is the first Denver goalie to win the Richter Award which was established in 2014. He beat out four other finalists: Michael Bitzer (Bemidji State), Hunter Miska (Minnesota Duluth), Cal Petersen (Notre Dame), Charles Williams (Canisius). Miska and Jaillet will go head-to-head in the national championship game on Saturday night. The victor will end the season with 28 wins which would tie for the most in the country.
"(The award) is nice obviously. But I would really love to win a national championship with my teammates and that would be awesome," Jaillet told 9NEWS.
Jaillet is a junior at Denver. He is an undrafted prospect but could technically sign with an NHL franchise this summer as a free agent. A return to Denver would be a big boost to the 2017-18 roster.
Jaillet and the Pioneers take on the Bulldogs of Minnesota Duluth Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago. DU will be skating for their 8th national title. The game starts at 6 PM MT.
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