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Merrick Madsen

School

Harvard

Position
Goaltender
Major
Applied Mathematics

Classroom

Merrick Madsen is a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection (maintaining a GPA of 3.00 or above). He is one of 20 goalies named to the 2017-18 Mike Richter Award watch list for outstanding skills on the ice and academic achievement and sportsmanship. With a concentration in applied mathematics, Madsen took advanced math classes at a local community college before enrolling at Harvard.

Character

Madsen was named one of three captains of the 2017-18 Harvard hockey team—one of a handful of goalies ever to earn this honor in the 120-year history of the program. A native of Acton, California, Madsen was homeschooled before moving to Proctor Academy (N.H.) for prep school hockey at age 16. An unheralded goalie upon his arrival at Harvard, Madsen earned the No. 1 goaltending spot at the beginning of his sophomore year and has started 64 of Harvard’s 70 games since 2015-16, including all 36 games last season.

Community

Madsen helped welcome the Belmont Special Olympics floor hockey team on campus last season for a friendly game. He was also among a group of Harvard hockey players that skated with children from the One Summit program, a non-profit organization committed to helping children battling cancer build courage, self-confidence and the resilience needed to continue their fight.

Competition

Madsen etched his name in the Harvard record books last season. With 28 wins in 2016-17, Madsen recorded the most wins by a Harvard goaltender in a single season, passing Grant Blair, who had 24 in 1985-86. Named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA East Regional and ECAC Hockey Championships, Madsen helped Harvard reach its first Frozen Four since 1994. An All-Ivy League First Team and All-ECAC Hockey Third Team selection, Madsen led the nation in wins. He was a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award in 2016-17.