Silvertips Hart named Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month
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 March 2018.
Hart, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, 48th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft. In the month of March, Hart was once again tough to beat, going 9-2-0-1, with a 1.96 goals-against-average, .930 save percentage and one shutout.
The strong month helped the Silvertips clinch the U.S. Division, the top record in the Western Conference, and a first round victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2018 WHL Playoffs.
In the regular season, Hart had a 5-2-0-0 record, 1.95 GAA, and a .917 SV% for the Silvertips. He stopped 154 of 167 shots and allowed two goals or fewer in six of his seven appearances during the regular season.
Against the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first round of the 2018 WHL Playoffs, Hart stepped up his game, going 4-0-1-0 in the series while maintaining a 1.97 GAA, .938 SV% and one shutout. Hart provided the exclamation point in the series with a 36-save shutout against the Thunderbirds on home ice Saturday.
In 32 career playoffs games, Hart has now compiled a 15-12-5-0 record, 2.30 GAA, .924 SV% and three shutouts. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound product of Sherwood Park, Alta. has appeared in 190 career WHL regular season games, sporting a 116-46-10-12 record, 2.01 GAA, .927 SV% and 26 shutouts.
Nearing the end of the first round of the 2018 WHL Playoffs, Hart leads all goaltenders in GAA and SV% while sitting in a tie for first in wins and shutouts.
He was twice named the first star of the game, while also being named the WHL’s first star of the night once. He was recently named as the WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending April 1, the sixth time this season he’s earned the award. March’s award for Hart is the fourth time in six months he’s earned Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month honour.
The Silvertips will now await the conclusion of the series between the Portland Winterhawks and Spokane Chiefs to determine their second round opponent in the 2018 WHL Playoffs.
Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month
March: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
February: Riley Lamb, Red Deer Rebels
January: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
December: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
November: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
September/October: Logan Flodell, Swift Current Broncos
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.