Winterhawks’ Kehler named WHL Goaltender of the Week


Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks goaltender Cole Kehler has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week and the league nominee for Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 19, 2017.

The 19-year-old Kehler went 2-0-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and 66 saves this past week.

On Tuesday, March 14, Kehler stopped 35 of 36 shots in a 6-1 win at Tri-City and was named first star. On Saturday, March 18, Kehler turned aside 31 of 32 shots in a 4-1 win at Seattle and was named second star for his efforts.

In 56 appearances this season, the product of Altona, MB, went 32-17-0-3 with a 3.10 GAA, .910 SV% and two shutouts. He finished the regular season among the WHL leaders in minutes played (fifth – 3,151), shots faced (fifth – 1,812), saves (fifth – 1,649) and wins (T-6th).

This serves as the second WHL Goaltender of the Week recognition for Kehler this season, as he also starred for the week ending January 29.




The 6-foot-4, 205-pound goaltender was originally selected in the sixth round (123rd) by the Kamloops Blazers at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. In 88 career WHL regular season contests, Kehler has compiled a record of 36-35-2-3 with a 3.66 GAA, .893 SV% and two shutouts. The 2016-17 campaign marked his first in Portland after an off-season trade from the Kamloops Blazers

Kehler and the Portland Winterhawks finished in the first wild card position in the Western Conference and will face the B.C. Division-champion Prince George Cougars in a best-of-seven series to open the 2017 WHL Playoffs. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday, March 24 (7 p.m. PT) at the CN Centre in Prince George.

WHL Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Sept. 23 – Sept. 25: Travis Child, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Nick Schneider, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell, Saskatoon Blades
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Michael Herringer, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30 – Payton Lee, Kootenay ICE
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Dylan Ferguson, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Ty Edmonds, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse, Victoria Royals
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Rylan Parenteau, Tri-City Americans
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Rylan Toth, Seattle Thunderbirds
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 20 – Feb. 27: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 28 – March 5: Michael Herringer, Kelowna Rockets
March 6 – March 12: Tyler Brown, Regina Pats
March 13 – March 19: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks

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