Yesterday, the Mike Richter Award watchlist was released for the top NCAA Division 1 goaltender. Both non-professional goaltending prospects in the Chicago Blackhawks’ farm system were named as Colorado College’s Dominic Basse and Boston University’s Drew Commesso find themselves among the top 28 goaltenders listed.
Find the full 28-player watchlist here.
Commesso is the top goaltending prospect in Chicago’s system. A second-round pick in 2020, Commesso has been the top goaltender for the past two seasons at Boston. This year, he holds a 9-7-3 record with a .909 save-percentage and a 2.59 GAA.
— BU Men's Hockey (@TerrierHockey) January 20, 2022
Commesso was recently named to the 2022 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team heading to the Beijing Winter Olympics and served as the starting goalie for Team USA at the 2022 World Junior Championships before the tournament was canceled/postponed.
Congrats to sophomore goalie Dominic Basse, one of 28 goalies named to the Mike Richter Award Watch List for the top Division I goalie in the country.https://t.co/Xg0juf1iog pic.twitter.com/YwXi9N6qpH
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Basse has steadily improved in his second NCAA season. A sixth-round pick by the Blackhawks in 2019, he holds a 6-8-2 record this season with a .906 save-percentage and a 2.51 GAA. Basse is in his second-year as the starter for Colorado College and was recently named the NCHC Goaltender of the Week.
The watchlist will be narrowed down to 15 finalists in the next two weeks, with the award winner set to be announced during the Frozen Four in April.