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Carter Hart Named CHL Goaltender of the Year

Flyers prospect becomes first goaltender in CHL history to win award twice

by @NHLFlyers

Carter Hart has added another award to his resume. On Saturday, he was named the Canadian Hockey League's Goaltender of the Year for the second time in his junior career, the first goaltender in CHL history to accomplish that feat.

He originally won CHL Goaltender of the Year for the 2015-16 season.

"It's a huge honor to win this award for a second time and it's reflective of the great year we had in Everett," said Hart on the Everett Silvertips website. "It was great because a lot of things were accomplished - not just on an individual level, but on a team level as well. This was a special group that came together and had a huge run in the playoffs. We had fun going to the rink every day and made a lot of memories together as teammates. I'll never forget these guys, who created the tightest group I've ever been with in my WHL career. I'll never forget my coaches, teammates, billet parent Parker Folds, and roommate Riley Sutter who was like a brother to me. They all made this moment possible."

Prior to the Memorial Cup Tournament, Hart picked up two Western Hockey League Awards. He was named the WHL's Player of the Year, and for the third consecutive season, won the WHL's Goaltender of the Year Award. He posted an impressive 31-6-4 record in 41 appearances to go along with a 1.60 GAA and .947 save percentage and seven shutouts, which led all WHL goalies in all three categories. 

In addition to his duties with the Silvertips this season, Hart also had success on the international stage.

He was the starting goaltender for Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships and won the gold medal game by stopping 35 of 36 shots to defeat Sweden. He was named Team Canada's Player of the Game.

Throughout the tournament he started six of seven games for Canada, posting a 5-0-1 record and led all goaltenders in the tournament with a 1.81 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

Hart finished his World Junior career by tying a Canadian record for the most wins by a goaltender (8), and has an all-time record of 8-0-2 with his only losses coming past regulation and both in shootouts.

After being eliminated in the WHL Finals, Hart joined the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for their Calder Cup Playoff run, but did not play. He is expected to turn pro in the upcoming 2018-19 season.

He was the first goaltender taken in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected in the second round (48th overall) by the Flyers.

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