While his Everett Silvertips didn’t win the WHL championship and aren’t part of this year’s Memorial Cup tournament, goaltender Carter Hart still has something to celebrate at the end of the year. On Saturday, the young goalie was named the Canadian Hockey League’s goaltender of the year.
The Silvertips finished fifth in the WHL’s Western Conference with a 38-26-5 record in 72 games. They were second behind the Seattle Thunderbirds in the U.S. Division. But of those 72 games, Hart played 63.
Over his 63 games, he finished with a 35-23-1-3 record with an impressive 2.14 goals against average and a 0.918 save percentage – notching six shutouts in the process.
His numbers were good enough to slot him second in the WHL in shutouts, third in goals against average (with Brendan Burke having only played seven games sitting in second), seventh in save percentage and first overall in wins. All of his numbers are pretty definitive of why he was award the top goalie honours.
As a draft-eligible goalie, Hart is ranked at among the top two of NHL Central Scouting’s North American goaltenders and should be taken in the late first or early second round of this year’s NHL Draft. While he is a smaller goalie, Hart is a skilled goaltender who plays with significant composure.
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.