Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Red Deer Rebels goaltender Ethan Anders has been named the WHL Rookie of the Month for January 2018.
Anders, a 6-foot-0, 186-pound product of Regina, Sask., went 3-1-3-0 in the month of January with a 2.22 goals-against-average, .939 save-percentage, and one shutout.
In 459 minutes of action, the 17-year-old Anders stopped 261 of the 278 shots sent his way in January as the Rebels attempt to make a late-season playoff push. His three victories in January were impressive as he beat the division-leading Medicine Hat Tigers and Kelowna Rockets in back-to-back games.
He saved one of his best performances for his last Tuesday, making 30 saves for his first career WHL shutout in a 2-0 win against the Saskatoon Blades. As part of his strong month, Anders recorded three 35-plus save performances.
In game action, Anders was named the first star of the game on three occasions, also earning a second and third star award. He was recognized by the WHL on three instances in January, named the first and second star of the night across the league as well as the WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 28.
Overall this season, Anders is 8-14-5-1 with a 2.95 GAA and .910 SV% with one shutout. Among WHL goaltenders, Anders is 11th in GAA, tied for 10th in SV%, tied for 14th in shutouts and tied for 29th in league wins.
The Rebels will continue their road trip through the East Division Friday, February 2 (7:00 p.m. CST) against the league-leading Moose Jaw Warriors.
WHL Rookie of the Month
January: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
December: Peyton Krebs, Kootenay ICE
November: Brodi Stuart, Kamloops Blazers
September/October: Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes
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.