Thunderbirds netminder Milic named WHL Goaltender of the Week
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Seattle Thunderbirds goaltender Thomas Milic has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending May 15, 2022.
The 2022 NHL Draft prospect posted a 2-1-0-0 record, a 1.70 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and one shutout as his Thunderbirds continue a best-of-seven series versus the Portland Winterhawks.
The product of Coquitlam, B.C. began his week on a winning note, turning aside all 28 shots he faced as Seattle shut out Portland 5-0 on the road in Game 3 Wednesday, May 11.
After a setback in Game 4 Friday, May 13, Milic rebounded with another stellar performance away from home in Game 5 Saturday, May 14, stopping 32 of 33 shots as the Thunderbirds came away with a 3-1 victory.
The 6-foot-0, 170-pound netminder, who earned U.S. Division Second All-Star Team honours during the 2021-22 Regular Season, was named first star in both Seattle victories this past week.
Milic was one of four Thunderbirds named to the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft, sitting 28th among North American goaltenders.
He was originally selected by Seattle in the third round of the 2018 WHL Draft. In 68 career WHL regular season and playoff games, he holds a 39-23-3-2 record, a 2.43 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and six shutouts.
Milic and the Seattle Thunderbirds return home to continue their Second Round series with the Portland Winterhawks in Game 6, slated for Monday, May 16 (7:05 p.m. PT, accesso ShoWare Center).
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 375 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.