Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Everett Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart has been named the Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month for December 2017.
Hart, who was selected in the second round, 48th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2016 NHL Draft, recorded a perfect 5-0-0-0 record, 0.60 goals against average and .983 SV% to guide the Silvertips through the first third of December.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound goaltender from Sherwood Park, Alta. stopped 171 of 174 shots over the five games, recording a pair of shutouts along the way. He was recognized as the WHL Goaltender of the Week and as the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week in back-to-back weeks. He’s earned WHL Goaltender of the Week honours four times this season while being named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week three times as well. He was named as the Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month for November 2017.
In his five December games, he was recognized in the game’s three stars all five times, earning one first star award, three second star honours and a third star award. He was also recognized by the WHL’s nightly three stars, earning a second and third star honour throughout the first third of the month.
Hart’s goaltending skills have been utilized by Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he’s posted a 1.96 goals against average, .920 SV% and picked up one shutout. Canada is bound for the semi-finals at the tournament Thursday, January 4 (6:00 p.m. MST) where they’ll take on the Czech Republic.
Despite his absence from WHL action, Hart has continued to lead the way statistically for the WHL goaltenders. He ranks first in the league with a 1.32 goals against average, .961 SV% and five shutouts.
Hart, who was originally drafted by the Silvertips in the eighth round, 158th overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, has compiled a career record of 98-43-9-10 with a 2.05 goals against average, .926 SV% and 24 shutouts.
The Silvertips are back in action Friday, January 5 (7:05 p.m. PST) when they travel to Vancouver Island to take on the Victoria Royals.
Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month
December: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
November: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
September/October: Logan Flodell, Swift Current Broncos