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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Boston Bruins goaltending prospect Jeremy Swayman has been named the recipient of the Mike Richter Award, annually awarded to the top goaltender in Division I, for the 2020-21 season. Swayman was also named a First-Team All-American.

Swayman earned Hockey East Player of the Year after a standout season with the University of Maine Black Bears, totaling 1,099 saves, the most of in Division I. Swayman’s 782 conference saves, the most by a Hockey East netminder since the 2010-11 season, and .932 conference save percentage led the league.

Swayman’s .939 overall save percentage was good enough for second in the nation. The junior also carried an overall record of 18-11-5 (12-9-3 Hockey East), posting 25 games with at least 30 saves and five contests with at least 40 stops.

Boston’s fourth round pick (111th-overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Swayman was also named a Hockey East First Team All-Star, and part of the All-USCHO Second Team. What’s more, the 21-year-old was named the recipient of the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born college hockey player in New England.

The Anchorage, AK native signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins last month, forgoing his senior year at Maine. Upon signing his ELC, Swayman joins a cast of goaltenders within Boston’s system, including prospects Dan Vladar and Kyle Keyser, vying to become the successor to Bruins netminders Tuukka Rask, 33, and Jaroslav Halak, 35.

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