March 3, 2009
Yale senior Alec Richards (Robbinsdale, Minn.) has been placed on the roster for the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Competition that will take place on April 10 at Washington, D.C. Richards, one of two goalies on the East squad, will battle the West the day between the Frozen Four semifinals and championship game at the Verizon Center.
Richards, who ranks second at Yale with 35 career wins, is fifth with 2,219 career saves while owning the single-season mark with 885 in 2005-06. Richards, 12th in Division I with a 2.12 goals against average (GAA), was named insidehockey.com National Goalie of the Week as well as ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week on Feb. 2 after stopping 63 of 64 shots in wins over Princeton and Quinnipiac.
The Yale netminder, next in action on March 13-15 in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Playoffs at Ingalls Rink, is the second Bulldog men's player to be selected for the skills event. Will Engasser '08, the captain of the 2007-08 Elis, competed at the 2008 Frozen Four in Denver.
The East roster also includes senior Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.), who is the third Yale woman to compete at the Frozen Four.
Richards owns a 2.73 career GAA with a .908 save percentage and earned wins in four conference playoff games, including the five-overtime game at Union in 2006.
The East and West each have six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders. An alternate list has been established in the event that players have to withdraw from the competition due to other commitments, such as their team's participation in the 2009 NCAA Men's Frozen Four.
Requirements for selection to the team consist of all players having exhausted their collegiate eligibility and a nomination by their head coach. The players were selected by representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association, the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee and NCAA national office staff.
The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot. Each competitor will receive a complete set of equipment and a full uniform from Bauer Hockey.
"This is truly a showcase of the top seniors across all of college hockey," said Steve Cady, chair of the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee and senior associate athletic director at Miami University (Ohio). "It has been an enjoyable experience for fans in the past, and Bauer Hockey and Greater Washington Sports Alliance have committed a tremendous amount of resources to make this year the best skills challenge yet."
Release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director