BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — As Devon Levi develops into the Sabres’ No. 1 goaltender, he continues to receive recognition as the No. 1 goalie in college hockey this past season.
The 21-year-old rookie who has started three of the past four Sabres games was named winner of the Mike Richter Award on Friday, becoming the first repeat honoree in the 10-year history of the award given to the top netminder in NCAA Division I.
Levi led the country with a .933 save percentage in his junior season at Northeastern University, after setting an NCAA record with a .952 save percentage as a sophomore. Levi’s also was MVP of the Beanpot series, Hockey East Player of the Year, and one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s top honor, as a junior.
After signing with the Sabres on March 17, Levi won his NHL debut in Buffalo two weeks later, after only two full practices with the Sabres. He is 2-1-0 with a .901 save percentage and 3.23 goals-against average in his first three professional games. On Thursday night in Detroit, Levi became the first rookie goalie to win a shootout for the Sabres.
Jonah Bronstein joined the WIVB squad in 2022 as a digital sports reporter. The Buffalonian has covered the Bills, Sabres, Bandits, Bisons, colleges, high schools and other notable sporting events in Western New York since 2005, for publications including The Associated Press, The Buffalo News, and Niagara Gazette. Read more of his work here.