Pats’ McNabb named WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week

Keith Hershmiller/Regina Pats


Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Dean McNabb of the Regina Pats 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 December 30, 2018.

McNabb made his single appearance between the pipes count as he stopped 43 of 44 shots in a 2-1 win over the Prince Albert Raiders, giving him a 1-0-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against-average, and a 0.977 save percentage. The win also brought an end to the 17-game home winning streak of the WHL and Canadian Hockey League’s top team.

The Davidson, Sask. product stopped 13 of 14 shots in the first period, then turned aside 13 and 17 shots over the next two periods respectively. The 43-save performance marked a career-high save total for the 6-foot-2, 176-pound goaltender, who has now earned a victory against all four Saskatchewan-based opponents as a member of the Pats this season. McNabb was also named the first star of the game and the first star of the night in the WHL for his efforts.

Originally selected by the Victoria Royals in the third round, 61stoverall, of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, the 18-year-old McNabb was traded back to his home province earlier this season and has appeared in 14 games with the Pats, posting a 4-8-0-0 record, 4.32 GAA, and a 0.872 SV%. Overall, McNabb has appeared in 44 WHL regular season games split between the Pats and Royals, posting a 8-18-0-0 record, 4.49 GAA, and a 0.869 SV%.

McNabb and the Pats are back in action Tuesday, January 1 (4:00 p.m. CT), playing host to the Raiders at the Brandt Centre.

WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
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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