Team Sites
Follow the BCHL

Perets named a semifinalist for NCAA’s Mike Richter Award

Quinnipiac University goaltender and Penticton Vees alumnus Yaniv Perets has been named a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award, given to college hockey’s top netminder.

The sophomore has put together an incredible season thus far. Perets leads all NCAA goalies with a .953 save percentage through 23 games and has posted 10 shutouts to this point, just two off the all-time record. He also owns a goals-against average of 0.85, which would also be a college hockey record.

The 21-year-old joined the Bobcats midway through last season and saw limited action in a pair of relief appearances. This season, he has taken over the starter’s role and boasts a record of 17-3-2, backstopping his team to first place in the ECAC Hockey standings.

The Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que. native played the 2019-20 season in Penticton, posting the third-best goals-against average in the league at 2.19, the second-most shutouts with five and a .918 save percentage.

Perets was part of a list of 28 initial nominees that were announced in late January. Three finalists will be chosen from the current list of eight and a winner will be announced at the Frozen Four tournament in April.

Last season, former Vees goalie Jack LaFontaine became the first ever BCHL alumnus to win the award.