Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks goaltender Joel Hofer has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 13, 2019.
In three games and 185 minutes of action this week, the St. Louis Blues prospect posted a 2-0-0-1 record, 0.97 goals-against average, stopped 79 of 82 shots for a .963 save percentage, and recorded the fifth shutout of his WHL career. The performance helped conclude the Winterhawks’ tour of the Central Division on a high note, keeping them in first place in the U.S. Division.
Playing against his former team Wednesday, Hofer stopped 24 of 26 shots in an 8-2 win against the Swift Current Broncos. Friday, Hofer stopped all 16 shots sent his way in a 5-0 win over the Red Deer Rebels, collecting his first shutout of the season and earning third-star honours for the game.
Hofer concluded his week Sunday with a 39-save performance in a 2-1 shootout loss against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Hofer allowed one goal on 11 shots in the first period, then held the Oil Kings off the board for the second and third periods as well as overtime. In the shootout, he allowed one goal on three attempts and was subsequently named the third star of the game.
Originally listed by the Broncos, the 6-foot-5, 172-pound product of Winnipeg, Man. has started the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season strong with a 5-2-0-1 record, 1.99 GAA, .928 SV%, and one shutout.
In 75 WHL regular season games for his career between the Broncos and Winterhawks, Hofer has a record of 28-34-3-3, 3.28 GAA, .909 SV%, and five shutouts. He’s also appeared in seven WHL playoff games with both teams. At the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blues chose Hofer in the fourth round, 107th overall.
Hofer and the Winterhawks are back in action Saturday, October 19 (6:00 p.m. PT), playing host to the Brandon Wheat Kings at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore.
WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week
October 7 – October 13: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
September 30 – October 6: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
September 23 – September 29: Beck Warm, Tri-City Americans
September 20 – September 22: Roddy Ross, Seattle Thunderbirds
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.