Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks goaltender Cole Kehler has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week and league nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 11, 2018.
Kehler, a signed prospect of the Los Angeles Kings, went 3-0-0-0 with a 1.23 goals-against-average, .947 save-percentage and one shutout to keep the Winterhawks’ pursuit of a U.S. Division and Western Conference title alive.
He backstopped the Winterhawks to two mid-week victories against the Prince George Cougars. Stopping 20 of 23 shots Tuesday and 18 of 19 shots Wednesday, Kehler and the Winterhawks won by 4-3 and 7-1 scores respectively.
In a battle between the two top teams in the Western Conference Sunday, Kehler gave the Winterhawks the edge, stopping all 28 shots sent his way for his second straight shutout against the Silvertips and fourth of the season overall.
This award marks the third time this season Kehler has earned WHL Goaltender of the Week honours, earning the award back in October and November. He was also twice named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week.
The 6-foot-4, 203-pound product of Altona, Man. has been a guiding force between the pipes for the Winterhawks for a second straight season, going 29-15-1-4 in 51 games while maintaining a 2.72 GAA, .910 SV% and recording the four aforementioned shutouts.
This year, Kehler is ranked second in the league for GAA, fifth in SV%, tied for fourth in victories and tied for third in shutouts.
Originally drafted by the Kamloops Blazers in the sixth round, 123rd overall, of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, Kehler has appeared in 139 career WHL regular season games, sporting a 65-50-3-7 record, 3.30 GAA, .899 SV% and six shutouts. Kehler made his WHL Playoff debut last season, playing in 11 games and recording a 5-6-0-0 record, 4.17 GAA, and .897 SV%.
The Winterhawks are in action next on Friday, March 16 (7:00 p.m. PDT) when they begin a home-and-home series against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
WHL Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Shane Farkas, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Riley Lamb, Red Deer Rebels
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Brody Willms, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Riley Lamb, Red Deer Rebels
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Nolan Maier, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 27 – Dec. 31: James Porter, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: David Tendeck, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Brody Willms, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 23 — Oct. 29: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Dawson Weatherill, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tavin Grant, Prince George Cougars
Sept. 22 – Sept. 24: Griffen Outhouse, Victoria Royals
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.