Northeastern's Cayden Primeau wins 2019 Mike Richter Award
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sophomore Cayden Primeau of Northeastern University has been named the winner of the 2019 Mike Richter Award as the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey. Primeau was presented with the award by Mike Richter tonight in Buffalo, N.Y., site of the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four.
A native of Voorhees, N.J., Primeau led the fifth-ranked Huskies to a tie for second place in Hockey East and posted a 25-10-1 overall record. An All-Hockey East First Team selection, he ranks third in the nation in wins, sixth in save percentage (.933) and winning percentage (.708), ninth in saves (1,026) and minutes played (2128:47), 10th in shutouts (4) and 13th in goals-against average (2.09). The sophomore played over 89 percent of the Huskies’ minutes this season, allowing two goals or less 24 times. Primeau stopped 30 or more shots in 13 games, including a career-high 45 in two games this season. The four-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, and one-time Player of the Week and Goaltender of the Month posted a .930 or better save percentage in 19 games.
Primeau backstopped the Huskies to their second straight Beanpot championship, a Hockey East playoff title and a return to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year, earning Beanpot MVP and Hockey East Tournament MVP accolades in the process.
Primeau missed three games for the Huskies earlier this season to compete with the United States National Junior Team at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the team earned the silver medal after falling to Finland 3-2 in the gold medal game. Primeau turned heads on the national stage and emerged as the team's leading goaltender during the tournament, posting a 4-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record with a 1.61 GAA and .937 save percentage.
In just two seasons at Northeastern, Primeau posted a 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage, both program records, along with a 44-18-6 record with eight shutouts. His 44 victories are tied for the fifth most in team history, and he is the only goalie in program history to record at least 40 wins in two seasons.
A criminal justice & psychology major at Northeastern, Primeau signed an entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens on March 31.
The other finalists for the 2019 Mike Richter Award were Joey Daccord of Arizona State, Jake Kielly of Clarkson, Hunter Shepard of Minnesota Duluth and Andrew Shortridge of Quinnipiac.
Candidates for the Mike Richter Award were determined by nominations from all 60 NCAA Division I men’s hockey head coaches. The finalists and winner were selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media.
Criteria for the Mike Richter Award:
- Candidates must display outstanding skills on the ice
- Candidates should be in good academic standing at an NCAA college or university
- Consideration should be given to academic achievement and sportsmanship
- Candidates must comply with all NCAA rules; be full-time students at an NCAA college or university; and complete 50 percent or more of the season
- Consideration should be given to the candidate’s activities in the community
Past winners: 2018 Cale Morris (Notre Dame), 2017 Tanner Jaillet (Denver), 2016 Thatcher Demko (Boston College), 2015 Zane McIntyre (North Dakota), 2014 Connor Hellebuyck (UMass Lowell).
NOTES: Primeau becomes the third sophomore to win the Mike Richter Award after inaugural winner Connor Hellebuyck and 2018 winner Cale Morris • Primeau is the fifth American to win the award • Primeau becomes the second goaltender from Hockey East to earn the Mike Richter Award • Primeau’s father is longtime NHL forward Keith Primeau • each of the first three Mike Richter Award winners have played at least one game in the NHL: 2014 Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets), 2015 Zane McIntyre (Boston Bruins), 2016 Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks).