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CHICAGO – After an outstanding junior season, one that will end tomorrow night in the National Championship Game, University of Denver goalie Tanner Jaillet has been named the 2017 recipient of the Mike Richter Award, given annually to the country’s best goaltender. Jaillet is the first DU goaltender to win the award.
Going into the National Championship, Jaillet has posted a 27-5-4 record with a 1.83 GAA and a .928 SV%, all outstanding marks. His season was nothing short of incredible and he’s hoping to cap it with a national title tomorrow night against Minnesota Duluth.
There was some doubt as to whether he’d win the award because of how talented Denver’s defensemen are. Because of that talent, Jaillet hasn’t had to face as many shots as many other goalies. However, given his entire body of work, for many, he was a shoo-in as the winner. Playing in 37 of DU’s 43 games this year, he’s been the steadying force at the back for the Pioneers.
“He’s been so solid. He’s the reason at under two goals a game,” DU captain Will Butcher said. “I think he’s more than deserving. He’s a great player and he’s playing so focused this year.”
DU players frequently deflect all the personal praise and give it to their teammates. Jaillet has been no different this year, but this award is a testament to the season Jaillet had.
The Pioneers take on the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs tomorrow night in the National Championship Game. Puck drop is set for 6:07 PM MT and it will be televised on ESPN.