« Hockey 2011-12

Cody Reichard

School

Miami (Ohio)

Position
Goaltender
Major
Interdisciplinary Business Management
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GAA
2.47
SV%
.900

Classroom

Reichard holds a 3.06 GPA while majoring in interdisciplinary business management in Miami’s prestigious Farmer School of Business, which ranks seventh among public undergraduate business programs. He earned Honor Roll last spring semester (2011), upping his GPA from a 2.95, and again this past fall semester when he earned a 3.16 GPA. He is on schedule to graduate in May of 2012.

Character

Reichard is in his second year serving on Miami’s RedHawk Council, which is Miami’s student-athlete leadership council. He is also a leader on the hockey team, although not a captain, he is involved in decisions made by the captains and is also looked to as a role model by younger players. He is also the only player on the team to thank the coaches after each team meal. Reichard also helped Miami overcome tragedy his sophomore year when Miami’s student manager, Brendan Burke, was tragically killed in a car accident. He helped the team come together and honor him with a win the night after his death and is always quick to remember Brendan’s legacy. Last year, Miami wore special jerseys to honor Brendan on the one-year anniversary of his death and Reichard had one of his best games, pitching a shutout on the night he was remembered.

Community

Reichard has gone well above and beyond what is expected of Miami’s hockey players when engaging with the community. He came up with the idea and set up himself a program called Swoop’s Stoop, which started last season (2010-11). What the program does is bring a sick child (and his/her family) from Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital to a Miami hockey game for a night, where they receive tickets to a game, a Swoop’s Stoop t-shirt and free food and drinks, while also being recognized during the game. In addition to bringing the kids up to a home game each weekend, Reichard, Swoop (Miami’s RedHawk mascot) and some other players from the team visit Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital at least once a month for a few hours, playing and interacting with the children while bringing posters and rally towels signed by players for the sick patients to keep. He has sought out financial support from a sponsor (Step Resources) to help pay for blankets, t-shirts and other items for the sick children this year, raising $16,000 already. Swoop’s Stoop blankets were made and delivered to children at the hospital this past fall. The team also wore special Swoop’s Stoop jerseys Feb. 11 against Alabama-Huntsville and then auctioned them off to raise money for the program, making around $6,300 from the auction for Swoop’s Stoop. That night was called “Swoop’s Stoop Night” and several kids from the hospital came up to the game and were recognized while Reichard was recognized for being a Hockey Humanitarian Award finalist (one of just five nationally). Reichard also painted his goalie mask this year to help promote Swoop’s Stoop and will auction that off at the end of the year. One of the kids from the hospital actually drew part of the design for his goalie mask. Reichard hopes to eventually raise enough money to help build a new play center at the hospital and also offset some of the costs endured by the families of the hospital patients. He created a Facebook page for the program to help raise awareness as well and there is also a Swoop’s Stoop site on Miami’s athletic Web site (http://www.muredhawks.com/sports/m-hockey/swoopsstoop.html). Reichard has also taken part in several of the team’s community activities, such as the annual Therapeutic Disabilities Skate, where players help those in Butler County with disabilities skate on Miami’s ice rink through the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He has also participated in Rico’s Ristorante, where players serve dinner to the community, and Skate with the ‘Hawks night. Reichard also visits with 4-year-old Michael Quintero, who the team adopted through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation last year, after games. Michael suffers from a brain tumor but was given his own locker in the locker room as an honorary member of the team and visits after games and some practices.

Competition

Reichard has been strong for Miami in net so far this season, starting 18 games while playing in 19 and compiling a 2.51 GAA and a .898 save percentage while going 8-7-2. He has two shutouts on the year, giving him 12 for his career, which ties the Miami career record for shutouts along with David Burleigh (‘03). His 16-save effort in a shutout of Northern Michigan tied the record, which also ranks him third in CCHA history with 12 career clean sheets. He was named CCHA Goaltender of the Month for November after going 5-0-2 with a 1.68 GAA while pitching his first shutout of the year against Bowling Green Nov. 18. He also now has 52 wins for his career, which ranks third in school history, three shy of moving into second place, and 1,858 career saves, which ranks ninth all-time at Miami. He made a career-high 35 saves against Ohio State Dec. 10 and was named to the Denver Cup Classic All-Tournament Team Nov. 26 after leading the RedHawks to the tournament title with a 32-save performance in the title game, including stopping a penalty shot. He also currently ranks in Miami’s career top three in both save percentage (.912) and GAA (2.10). His 90 career games played, are fifth in school history.

As a junior last year, Reichard started 23 games while compiling a 15-5-2 record with a 2.05 GAA, which was eighth nationally, and a .912 save percentage. He was named to the All-CCHA Tournament Team and was Honorable Mention All-CCHA. As a sophomore in 2009-10, Reichard was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award and was a Second-Team West All-American. He was also named CCHA Player of the Year and the CCHA’s Top Goaltender, along with being named First-Team All-CCHA. Reichard finished the year first in the nation with a 1.87 GAA while setting the school’s single-season record with five shutouts and the CCHA’s single-season GAA record with a 1.23 GAA in league play only. His 1.87 GAA also ranks third in Miami single-season history while his .921 save percentage as a sophomore is fourth in a single year at Miami. As a freshman (2008-09), he was tabbed to the NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team after leading Miami to the regional title and the team’s first ever NCAA Frozen Four berth. Reichard has started at least 20 games each of his first three years, playing in the national championship game as a freshman and the CCHA Tournament championship game as a junior last year, which Miami won.