Chiefs’ Klassen named WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week

Larry Brunt/Spokane Chiefs


Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Reece Klassen of the Spokane Chiefs has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week and league nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 3, 2019.

In two appearances this week, Klassen sported a 1-0-0-1 record, 0.71 goals-against-average, stopped 34 of 35 shots for a 0.971 save percentage, and earned the first shutout of his WHL career as the Chiefs claimed three of four points from the pair of games to continue to hold onto third place in the U.S. Division.

Friday, Klassen stopped all  25 shots directed his way in a 4-0 win against the Kelowna Rockets. Achieving his first-career WHL shutout, Klassen stopped 11 shots in the first, eight in the second, and six in the third. With Klassen in net, the Rockets also went 0-for-2 on the power play. The performance earned the goaltender second-star honours for the game the second star of the night in the WHL.

Playing 25 minutes the following night against the Portland Winterhawks, Klassen stopped nine out of 10 shots in the third period and overtime. After a scoreless overtime, Klassen allowed two goal on three shots in the shootout.

Splitting his time between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Spokane Chiefs this season, Klassen has posted a 13-5-4-5 record, 3.25 GAA, 0.897 SV%, and one shutout. This week marks the first time this season Klassen has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound product of Cloverdale, B.C., was originally listed by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2017. In 54 career WHL regular season games, Klassen has posted a 18-13-7-5 record, 3.40 GAA, 0.893 SV%, and one shutout.

Up next for the Chiefs is a rematch in Kelowna, B.C. against the Rockets on Wednesday, February 6 (7:05 p.m. PT) at Prospera Place.

WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Reece Klassen, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: James Porter, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Taylor Gauthier, Prince George Cougars 
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Nolan Maier, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 27 – Dec. 30: Dean McNabb, Regina Pats
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jiri Patera, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Max Paddock, Regina Pats
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants 
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Sept. 21 – Sept. 23: Dylan Ferguson, Kamloops Blazers

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.

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