NOTRE DAME, Ind — University of Notre Dame goaltender Cale Morris has announced he will remain with the Fighting Irish hockey program for his senior season in 2019-20.
“I’m excited to be returning for my senior year and to get back to work with my teammates,” Morris said. “There’s a standard that’s been set for Notre Dame athletics and our group coming back knows we have unfinished business. I look forward to getting my degree from the University and being part of a class that continues to add to the Irish hockey history book.”
Morris, who earned the Mike Richter award as the nation’s top goaltender in 2018 and was a semifinalist in 2019, has helped the Irish to back-to-back Big Ten Tournament championships by being named the tournament’s most outstanding player in 2018 and 2019.
In three seasons, including the last two as the starting goaltender, Morris is 46-21-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage. The .938 save percentage ranks first all-time in program history, while his 2.07 goals against average and .676 career winning percentage rank second.
As a junior in 2018-19, Morris backstopped the Irish to 19 victories and a berth in the NCAA Northeast Regional Final. He tied his career-high with four shutouts, including a pair in Notre Dame’s sweep of Michigan State in the Big Ten Quarterfinals, while also posting a .930 save percentage and 2.19 goals-against average.
Morris’ efforts earned him Second Team All-Big Ten honors in addition to being named a Mike Richter Award semifinalist. He was also named the Big Ten Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive year after stopping 126 of 129 shots in Notre Dame’s run to a second straight Big Ten Tournament championship.
Morris, who was also named a Hobey Baker Award Top 10 Finalist in 2017-18, led the nation in save percentage (.944) and victories (27), while his 1.94 goals against average ranked eighth in the country. Morris also earned First Team West CCM/AHCA All-American honors.
In addition to earning Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors, Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, Morris was been named a Big Ten Star of the week eight times that season, including five First Star honors. He was named to the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament team.
A native of Larkspur, Colorado, Morris is an Information Technology major in the Mendoza College of Business.