BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 30, 2020 – Minnesota State's Dryden McKay is one of the five finalists for the 2020 Mike Richter Award, Let's Play Hockey announced Monday.
McKay, who was tabbed a Hobey Baker Top-10 Finalist earlier this month, was the WCHA's Goaltender of the Year in 2019-20 after winning the WCHA goaltending championship with a league-record 1.17 goals against average in WCHA play. McKay has also earned first team All-WCHA and USCHO All-America honors this season and was named to the WCHA All-Academic and Scholar-Athlete lists.
McKay is joined as a Richter finalist by Cornell's Matt Galajda, Boston College's Spencer Knight, Michigan's Strauss Mann and Maine's Jeremy Swayman.
The 2020 Mike Richter Award winner will be announced April 10.
Dryden McKay, So., G, Minnesota State (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Minnesota State's Dryden McKay earned First Team All-WCHA honors and was named the 2019-20 WCHA Goaltender of the Year on March 17 after authoring one of the top seasons by a netminder in league history. The Downers Grove, Ill., native was the WCHA Goaltending champion for the second year in a row with a WCHA-record 1.17 goals against average in league play, breaking the previous record of 1.35 he set to win the award as freshman in 2018-19. His 1.31 GAA for all games is the second lowest in the 68-year history of the WCHA (1.27- Bob Peters, North Dakota, 1957-58). He ended the season as the national leader in GAA (1.31), save percentage (.942) and shutouts (10) and ranked second in winning percentage at .861. In terms of overall statistics, McKay established new WCHA single-season highs for shutouts (10) and ranks in the top-10 in single season wins (T-sixth- 30), winning percentage (second- .861), GAA (second- 1.31) and save percentage (second- .942). In WCHA play, his GAA, save percentage (.946) and shutouts (eight) are new league single-season records and he ranks in the top-10 in wins (T-fourth- 22) and winning percentage (fourth- .865).
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Men's League
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, among the most historic, tradition-rich and successful conferences in all of collegiate athletics, marked its 68th season of men's competition in 2019-20. The 10-team NCAA Division I conference consists of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Chargers), the University of Alaska Anchorage (Seawolves), the University of Alaska (Nanooks), Bemidji State University (Beavers), Bowling Green State University (Falcons), Ferris State University (Bulldogs), Lake Superior State University (Lakers), Michigan Technological University (Huskies), Minnesota State University (Mavericks) and Northern Michigan University (Wildcats). For more information, visit wcha.com.