Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that St. Louis Blues prospect Joel Hofer of the Portland Winterhawks has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending November 3, 2019.
Hofer compiled a 2-0-0-0 record, 0.90 goals-against average, and stopped 62 of 64 shots for a 0.969 save percentage in 133 minutes of action. With Hofer in net, the Winterhawks moved into first place in the U.S. Division and now sit a point back of the division lead.
Friday, the Winnipeg, Man. product stopped 28 of 29 shots in a 4-1 victory on the road against the Everett Silvertips to vault the Winterhawks to the top of the division standings. Portland never trailed as Hofer allowed a single goal in the second period and remained impossible to beat otherwise, eventually earning him second-star honours for the game.
Starting back-to-back games, Hofer continued to shine Saturday, turning aside 29 of 30 shots in a 2-1 victory against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Again, the Winterhawks never trailed with Hofer in net, only conceding a single goal in the second period to earn first-star honours for the game. Closing out his weekend, Hofer stop all five shots sent his way in 12:57 of action against the Kamloops Blazers Sunday.
The 6-foot-5, 172-pound goaltender continues to rank among the WHL’s leading goaltenders. Through 14 games this season, Hofer has a 10-2-0-1 record, 1.89 GAA, 0.933 SV%, and one shutout. Hofer leads the WHL in wins, second in GAA, third in SV%, and is tied for fifth in shutouts. Hofer was chosen by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round, 107th overall, of the 2018 NHL Draft while a member of the Swift Current Broncos. This is Hofer’s second WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week Award this season.
For his WHL career, Hofer has appeared in 81 WHL regular season games with the Broncos and Winterhawks, sporting a 33-34-3-3 record, 3.17 GAA, 0.911 SV%, and five shutouts.
In October, Hofer was named to Team WHL’s roster for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. The six-game series against the Russian National Junior Team will visit Western Canada next week, with games on Wednesday, November 13 in Saskatoon, Sask. and Thursday, November 14 in Prince Albert, Sask.
Hofer and the Winterhawks return to action on Friday, November 8 (7:30 p.m. PT), beginning a home-and-home series against the Vancouver Giants at the Langley Events Centre.
WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week
October 28 – November 3: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
October 21 – October 27: Shane Farkas, Victoria Royals
October 14 – October 20: Dylan Garand, Kamloops Blazers
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.