Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that Ohio State University goaltender and Jr. Blues alum Tommy Nappier has been named the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year!
Nappier, a sophomore, put up a phenomenal season for the Buckeyes. In 19 games played this campaign Nappier boasted a 12-3-3 record with a 1.91 GAA, a .934 SV%, and 4 shutouts. The St. Louis, MO native ranks 8th in the nation in GAA, 3rd in SV%, and is tied for 9th in shutouts.
The 6’3”, 220 lbs. netminder led the Big Ten Hockey Conference in winning percentage, goals-against average, and save percentage en route to being named to the All-Big Ten 1st Team alongside teammate Mason Jobst.
Nappier and the Buckeyes season isn’t over yet despite losing to Penn State in the Big Ten tournament. They wait on the selection committee to determine their place in the NCAA Tournament set to take place later this month.
Nappier played for the Springfield Jr. Blues during the 2015-16 season, appearing in 39 games and posting a 18-17-4 record with a 2.45 GAA and a .919 SV%. He then split the 2016-17 season between the Chicago Steel and Omaha Lancers in the USHL before making his way to Ohio State.