Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mads Sogaard of the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending December 16 carrying a 2-0-0-0 record for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .966.
Sogaard made an impressive 85 saves across his two victories last week, helping the Tigers enter the holiday break with a winning 17-15-1-2 record in the competitive WHL Central Division standings. On Wednesday he made 36 saves and earned second star honours in a 4-2 triumph over the Kamloops Blazers, then kicked aside a career-high 49 shots on Friday, earning first star praise in the 4-1 road victory against the first place Red Deer Rebels.
The recently turned 18-year-old from Aalborg, Denmark, was chosen 32nd overall in the 2018 CHL Import Draft. Sogaard finished the first half with a 10-4-1-2 record with one shutout along with a 2.39 goals-against-average and .931 save percentage which place him among the league’s leaders. Last week, Sogaard was named as one of four goaltenders who will compete in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to be played on January 23 in Red Deer.
Also considered for the award was OHL rookie Andrew MacLean of the Owen Sound Attack who posted a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory making a total of 102 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .953. In the QMJHL, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alexis Gravel of the Halifax Mooseheads went 2-0-0-1 with a shutout victory making 80 total saves for a goals-against-average of 1.30 and save percentage of .952.
The Tigers return to action Friday, December 28 (7:30 p.m. MT) when they play host to the Kootenay ICE at the Canalta Centre.
2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Kyle Jessiman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
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.