Broncos’ Stuart Skinner named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Edmonton Oilers prospect Stuart Skinner of the Swift Current Broncos is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending May 6 after posting a 2-1 record with a goals-against-average of 1.93 and save percentage of .941.
Skinner, selected by the Oilers in the third round, 78th overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft, earns his second national honour of the post-season after turning aside 96 shots from two different opponents backstopping the Broncos to a six-game series win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes and a two-game series split against the Everett Silvertips in the 2018 Rogers WHL Championship Series. The Broncos captured the WHL’s Eastern Conference Championship last Monday night with a 5-1 victory on the road against the Hurricanes with Skinner stopping 33 of 34 shots faced against his former team. Competing in their first WHL Championship since 1993, the Broncos opened at home on Friday night with Skinner making 23 saves despite a 2-1 loss in Game 1 followed by a 40-save performance in a 4-3 overtime victory in Saturday’s Game 2 to even the series.
A 19-year-old 6-foot-4, 200-pound goaltender from Edmonton, Alta., Skinner has now played 22 games during the 2018 WHL Playoffs with a 13-9 record that includes a pair of overtime losses. He has an impressive four shutouts and league-best marks in goals-against-average and save percentage at 2.33 and .927 respectively. Originally a first round pick, 17th overall, by the Hurricanes in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Skinner joined the Broncos in January after more than three seasons with Lethbridge. His regular season numbers with the Broncos included a 16-6-1-1 record, two shutouts, a 2.68 goals-against-average, and a .914 save percentage.
Also considered for the award this week was Rookie Emile Samson of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada also picked up a Game 7 victory last week against the Charlottetown Islanders then posted a win and a loss against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the opening two games of the Rogers QMJHL Championship Series for the President Cup making a total of 70 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .933. In the OHL, Los Angeles Kings prospect Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds posted a Game 7 victory over the Kitchener Rangers followed by a win and overtime loss against the Hamilton Bulldogs to open the Rogers OHL Championship Series for the Robertson Cup making 95 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.62 and save percentage of .913.
With the 2018 Rogers WHL Championship Series tied 1-1, the series now shifts to Everett, Wash. for the next three contests, beginning with Game Three at Angel of the Winds Arena on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (7:05 p.m. PST).
2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Apr. 30 – May 6: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)
Apr. 23 – Apr. 29: Evan Fitzpatrick (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Evan Fitzpatrick (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Patrick Dea, Tri-City Americans
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Patrick Dea, Tri-City Americans
Mar 5 – Mar.11: Etienne Montpetit (Victoriaville Tigres)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Shane Farkas (Portland Winterhawks)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Emanuel Vella (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Riley Lamb (Red Deer Rebels)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Brody Willms (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Zachary Bouthillier (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Mario Culina (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: James Porter (Kelowna Rockets)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Tristan Bérubé (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Anthony Morrone (Victoriaville Tigres)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 30: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranada Huskies)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.