Minnesota Hockey Magazine

McIntyre wins Mike Richter Award

North Dakota goaltender Zane McIntyre makes a save against St. Cloud State in the 2015 NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinals at Target Center in Minneapolis. (MHM Photo / Jeff Wegge)

Thief River Falls product named nation’s best goalie

North Dakota junior goaltender Zane McIntyre of Thief River Falls, Minn. was chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Mike Richter Award given annually to the most outstanding goalie in NCAA Division I men’s hockey. Richter, a 2008 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, was on hand this morning at Boston’s TD Garden to present the award to McIntyre.

Richter starred at Wisconsin before spending 14 seasons with the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers, leading the franchise to a Stanley Cup championship in 1994.

Candidates for the award are chosen based on the following criteria:

– 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

McIntyre is also one of three finalists, along with Boston University’s Jack Eichel of and Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey for the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award given annually to the top player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey. That announcement will come later today

Already North Dakota’s all-time leader in career goals against average and save percentage, McIntyre started all but one of his team’s 42 games this season in compiling a 29-10-3 record and leading UND to a second straight Frozen Four. His 29 wins led the nation while his.929 save percentage and winning percentage (.726) rank 12th and 5th, respectively.

The sixth round selection (No. 165 overall) by the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft was named First Team NCHC and Goalie of the Year and was a finalist for Player of the Year honors as well. McIntyre has devoted more than 40 hours of community service time to various organizations, including Special Olympics, Grand Forks Youth Hockey Association, Westside Elementary, Thief River Falls Elementary and more.