The Western Hockey League is pleased to announce the WHL Three Stars for the 2018 Rogers WHL Championship Series.
Leading the way this round was Swift Current Broncos captain Glenn Gawdin (Calgary Flames), who tallied five goals and seven points in the six-game series. Gawdin had a hat trick in Game Three, powering his club to a 3-2 overtime victory in Everett, Wash. and added a pair of goals in a Game Five loss three nights later. Gawdin earned a pair of honours on the WHL’s Three Stars of the night, claiming the top spot once and the third star spot once too.
Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 WHL Playoffs, Gawdin led the Broncos in scoring with 32 points (14G-18A) in 24 games as the Broncos won the Ed Chynoweth Cup and earned the right to play at the 100th edition of the Mastercard Memorial Cup in Regina, Sask. In his WHL Playoffs career, Gawdin recorded 45 points (21G-24A) in 48 games.
Earning second star honours for the series was Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner (Edmonton Oilers), as he posted a 4-2 record, 1.79 goals-against-average, and a .947 save percentage as well as two shutouts, one in Game Four and another in Game Six. Skinner led all WHL goaltenders in the 2018 WHL Playoffs with a 16-10 record with two overtime losses, 2.20 GAA, .932 SV% and six shutouts.
Skinner was twice named the WHL’s First Star of the night and earned a second star honour too. His 26 games played and 1609 minutes established new WHL Playoffs records while his six shutouts tied another. In his WHL Playoffs career, Skinner has recorded a 27-23 record with five overtime losses, a 2.66 GAA, .922 SV% and six shutouts.
Rounding out the Three Stars of the WHL Championship was Everett Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers), who posted a 2.29 GAA, .919 SV% and a pair of wins in the six-game series. Overall, Hart finished the 2018 WHL Playoffs with a 14-8 record, including three overtime losses, 2.40 GAA, .921 SV% and two shutouts. Hart was twice named the First star of the game and earned a pair of third star honours too, replicating those performances in the WHL’s Three Stars of the night too.
Those figures placed him second only to Hart in all major goaltending categories, with Hart involved in a three-way tie for the second-most shutouts with two. Hart’s WHL Playoffs career statistics stand favourably as well since he entered the league. Hart has a 25-24 record with seven overtime losses, 2.38 GAA, .921 SV% and four shutouts.