Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart of the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 1 after posting a 3-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .960.
Hart, who was originally selected by the Flyers in the second round, 48th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft, made 97 saves last week, backstopping the Silvertips to three-straight wins and a first round series victory over the defending Ed Chynoweth Cup champion Seattle Thunderbirds.
With the series tied 1-1, Hart turned aside 33 shots in Tuesday’s Game Three, earning first star honours in the 3-1 win. In Game Four on Friday he made 28 saves in the 7-3 win, then closed out the series in style with a 36-save performance in Saturday’s Game Five finale earning first star honours in the 4-0 decision and first star honours across the WHL that night as well.
Hart is playing in his fourth full WHL season with Everett after being chosen by the club in the eighth round, 158th overall, of the 2013 Bantam Draft. Recently named 2017-18 WHL Western Conference Player of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, and a First Team All-Star, Hart carries a 1.97 goals-against-average and .938 save percentage through five playoff games after maintaining marks of 1.60 and .947 during 41 regular season appearances.
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 (four) and shutouts (one). 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.
Hart was recently named the Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month, going 9-2-0-1, with a 1.96 goals-against-average, .930 save percentage and one shutout in March, appearing in seven WHL regular season games and five WHL playoff games.
Also considered for the award this week was Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Helvig who went 3-0 for the Kingston Frontenacs who eliminated the North Bay Battalion in five games making 105 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.32 and save percentage of .921. In the QMJHL, Samuel Harvey of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies posted a 2-1-1 record including one shutout making a total of 139 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .946 in first round action against the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
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.
2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Patrick Dea, Tri-City Americans
Mar 5 – Mar.11: Etienne Montpetit (Victoriaville Tigres)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Shane Farkas (Portland Winterhawks)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Emanuel Vella (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Riley Lamb (Red Deer Rebels)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Brody Willms (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Zachary Bouthillier (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Mario Culina (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: James Porter (Kelowna Rockets)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Tristan Bérubé (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Anthony Morrone (Victoriaville Tigres)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 30: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranada Huskies)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
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.