Silvertips’ Carter Hart named CHL goaltender of the year

Carter Hart is having an unbelievable season in the WHL. (Marissa Baecker/Getty)

RED DEER, Alta. — Everett Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart won the Canadian Hockey League goaltender of the year award on Saturday at the Memorial Cup festivities in Red Deer, Alta.

Hart is the first Silvertips goalie to capture the award in the franchise’s 13 seasons, in addition to earning the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy as WHL Goaltender of the Year in his second full WHL campaign.

The six-foot-1, 170-pound goaltender earned 35 wins this regular season, leading the league and was second in goals-against average (2.14), tied for second in shutouts (6), and second in minutes (3,693), en route to a 35-23-1-3 record and First Team All-Star selection in the Western Conference of the WHL.

He earned his first career WHL playoff shutout in the second round, this season against the Seattle Thunderbirds in Game 1 (26 saves in a 3-0 victory) and has posted a 53-29-3-7 record with a 2.22 goals against average and a .917 save percentage with 10 shutouts in 95 career WHL regular season appearances with the Silvertips.

Hart is listed as the 2 ranked goaltender (North American) in the final draft rankings, produced by NHL Central Scouting. He will be one of 114 players across the world eligible for the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft invited to this year’s NHL Scouting Combine, scheduled for May 30-June 4 in Buffalo, N.Y.

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