Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that 2020 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Garand of the Kamloops Blazers has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 20, 2019.
Garand won both of his games this week against divisional rivals, sporting a 0.50 goals-against average, stopping 48 of 49 shots for a .980 save percentage, and recording one shutout. The performances helped vault the Blazers into first place in the B.C. Division.
Friday, Garand recorded the second shutout of his WHL career, stopping all 23 shots in a 6-0 win over the Vancouver Giants. Garand stopped five shots in the first, seven in the second, and 11 in the third. He was subsequently named the WHL’s third star of the game and third star of the night in the WHL.
He followed up Friday’s shutout with a 25-save performance against the Kelowna Rockets in a 2-1 win Saturday. Garand stopped all 15 shots through 40 minutes, then made 10 saves on 11 shots in the third period. He earned second-star honours for the game.
The 6-foot-1, 172-pound product of Victoria, B.C. has played a strong role in the Blazers’ success to date, posting a 7-3-0-0 record, 2.01 GAA, .930 SV%, and one shutout in 10 games. He leads the league with seven wins and ranks in a tie for seventh among WHL goaltenders to play more than one game this season. He ranks ninth in GAA and is one of 14 WHL goaltenders to record a shutout this season.
Originally selected by the Blazers in the third round, 58th overall, of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, Garand has appeared in 41 WHL regular season games, posting a 20-12-2-1 record, 2.65 GAA, .911 SV%, and two shutouts.
Garand was one of five WHL goaltenders identified by NHL Central Scouting on their ‘Players to Watch’ List earlier this month ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft.
Up next, the Blazers will return to Garand’s hometown for a pair of games against the Royals. The first meeting of the weekend takes place on Friday, October 25 (7:05 p.m. PT).
WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week
October 14 – October 20: Dylan Garand, Kamloops Blazers
October 7 – October 13: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
September 30 – October 6: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
September 23 – September 29: Beck Warm, Tri-City Americans
September 20 – September 22: Roddy Ross, Seattle Thunderbirds
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.