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Sam Brittain

School

Denver

Position
Goaltender
Major
Psychology
GAA
2.22
SV%
.929

Classroom

Brittain has a 3.5 GPA in psychology. He was named to the All-Conference Academic Team in each of the last three seasons.

Character

Brittain is one of the unquestioned leaders of the squad and one of only two seniors on a roster that features 11 freshmen.

Community

In 2012, Brittain and the DU Hockey squad became the first team in Colorado to produce a video for the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to promoting respect for all athletes - including those who are LGBT - and addressing homophobia in sports. Brittain took part in an event for the “Make-A-Wish” program in 2013 to surprise a special six-year old Akira, a native of Denver who is battling Pilocytic Astrocytoma. The Pioneers arrived at the “My Art Workshop” in Littleton to welcome Akira back from his “Make-A-Wish” trip to Legoland.  Akira had listed the DU Pioneer hockey squad as his favorite sports team.  Members of the Denver hockey team spent the afternoon talking with Akira about his adventure and spent personal time with him and his family.

Competition

The Pioneers primary netminder as a senior, Brittain became the first goalie in DU history to open a season with back-to-back shutouts in 2013-14. He boasts a career record of 51-33-1,  has recorded five shutouts this season, ranks second nationally with a .934 save percentage and 10th with a 2.06 goals against average.  In addition, Brittain has played the second-highest minutes of any goalie nationally and has posted 30 or more saves in a total of 16 games this season - including five contests with 40 or more stops.  He has been honored as the NCHC Player of the Week a league-high six times, was named as the NCHC Goalie of the Year and was a first team All-NCHC Selection.  In addition, Brittain is a finalist for the Mike Richter Award, presented annually to the nation’s top goalie.