Shepard Semifinalist for Goaltender of the Year Award, Joins Four Teammates and Sandelin as Nominees for NCHC Awards

Hunter Shepard, UMD men's hockey. Hunter Shepard, UMD men's hockey.  |  Photo: WDIO/Chelsie Brown

Chelsie Brown
Created: March 14, 2019 03:37 PM

University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) junior Hunter Shepard is among 10 semifinalists for the 2018-19 Mike Richter Award. He along with four of his teammates and UMD head coach Scott Sandelin were also nominated for National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) post-season awards.

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Shepard has made 73 consecutive starts for the Bulldogs and owns UMD records for shutouts in both a season (eight in 2017-18) and a career (13). The Mike Richter Award honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's hockey. This marks the third straight season a Bulldog has been a Mike Richter Award finalist

In addition, UMD head coach Scott Sandelin and five of his Bulldogs, including Shepard, are finalists for 10 NCHC post-season awards for the 2018-19 season.

Sandelin is a finalist for the Herb Brooks Coach of the Year award for the third season in a row.

Here's a look at the finalists below:

Player of the Year

Colton Poolman, Jr., D, UND

Jimmy Schuldt, Sr., D, SCSU

Hunter Shepard, Jr., G, UMD

Herb Brooks Coach of the Year

Brett Larson, SCSU

Andy Murray, WMU

Scott Sandelin, UMD

Senior Scholar-Athlete Award

Mason Bergh, F, CC

Fredrik Olofsson, F, Omaha

Jimmy Schuldt, D, SCSU

Rookie of the Year

Noah Cates, F, UMD

Taylor Ward, F, Omaha

Goaltender of the Year

Dávid Hrenák, So., SCSU

Filip Larsson, Fr., Denver

Alex Leclerc, Jr., CC

Hunter Shepard, Jr., UMD

Forward of the Year

Jarid Lukosevicius, Sr., Denver

Mason Morelli, Sr., Omaha

Patrick Newell, Sr., SCSU

Defensive Defenseman of the Year

Mikey Anderson, So., UMD

Colton Poolman, Jr., UND

Jimmy Schuldt, Sr., SCSU

Offensive Defenseman of the Year

Jack Ahcan, Jr., SCSU

Scott Perunovich, So., UMD

Jimmy Schuldt, Sr., SCSU

Defensive Forward of the Year

Rhett Gardner, Sr., UND

Blake Lizotte, So., SCSU

Josh Melnick, Sr., Miami

Justin Richards, So., UMD

NCHC Three Stars Award

Trevor Gorsuch, Sr., G, WMU

Alex Leclerc, Jr., G, CC

Hunter Shepard, Jr., G, UMD

The winners will be announced on March 21 at the annual NCHC Awards Celebration at the Science Museum of Minnesota in Saint Paul on the eve of the sixth annual NCHC Frozen Faceoff.


Chelsie Brown

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