April 1, 2009
Alec Richards, whose outstanding performance in net this winter helped the Yale men's hockey team to its best-ever campaign, will compete in the April 10 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The fourth annual skills challenge is held the day after the Frozen Four semifinals and almost 24 hours before the national champion is crowned on Saturday. Richards was hoping he had to pull out of the event to compete for the national title with his Yale teammates, but the Bulldogs lost in the East Regional Semifinal last Friday.
Richards, who owns the school's career save percentage (.923) and shutout (6) standards, moved to the top of the Yale record books by registering a 2.06 goals against average, a school-record four shutouts and a 19-5-1 mark in 2008-09.
The senior from Robbinsdale, Minn., also sits second in career wins (39) and goals against average (2.68) and is third in all-time saves (2,348), while this season's goals against was second only to Ed Swift (1.75), who led the Blue to an 8-5 record in 1942-43. Richard's 19 wins this year were one shy of Alex Westlund's 20 in 1997-98.
Richards is one of two goalies on the East squad in D.C. One of the female skaters on that team is Yale senior Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.).
Relese filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director