BRISTOL, CT – Maine men’s hockey goaltender, Jeremy Swayman, has been named this year’s Mike Richter award winner. The announcement was made on Saturday’s 11 p.m. edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter.
The award is given to the best goaltender in college hockey. Swayman was also named a first team All-American.
“I’m thankful for all the accolades I’ve received but at the same time I don’t want to focus too much on myself because they’re all team awards in my eyes and I wouldn’t be put in the position i’m in without the guys in front of me and the coaches I had and of course the great community of Maine,” Swayman said over the phone.
Minnesota-Duluth’s, Scott Perunovich, edged out Swayman and North Dakota’s Jordan Kawaguchi for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in college hockey.
Swayman finished the year tops in the nation with 1,099 saves and finished second in the country with a .939 save percentage.
The Alaska native also won Hockey East goaltender and player of the year and was named the Walter Brown award winner, given to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
Swayman helped revive The Alfond and the program this year as he helped lead Maine to the No. 4 seed in the Hockey East playoffs and to its first home quarterfinal series since 2012.
“University of Maine is a first class organization and the fans take so much pride in being Black Bears. I can’t put into word how special and important everyone of those fans are to me,” Swayman said.
Swayman bid farewell to Orono after he signed a pro contract with the Boston Bruins after COVID-19 canceled the rest of the college hockey season.
“I know that it’s going to be hard to say goodbye, but they have to know that i’m going to call Orono home for the rest of my life,” Swayman said.