The Western Hockey League announced that Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect, Carter Hart, has been awarded the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy as WHL Goaltender of the Year for the 2016-17 season.
Hart finished his third season in the WHL with a 32-11-6-2 record and led all WHL goaltenders with a 1.99 goals-against average and nine shutouts, and tied for the lead in save percentage (.927).
In addition to the regular season, Hart participated in his first IIHF World Junior Championships, where he earned a silver medal for Canada. He stopped 31 shots, and four of five shootout players in the gold medal game, his only loss of the tournament. Overall, he went 3-0-1 with a 2.38 goals-against average & .906 save percentage.
In the 2017 playoffs, Hart stopped 64 of 66 shots in a five overtime contest that led the Silvertips to a series clinching Game 6 win over Victoria in the first round. He finished the postseason with a 4-6 record and immediately reported to the club's AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, where he served in a back-up role during the Calder Cup Playoffs.
This is the second consecutive season he has won the award after he won this honor, as well as the overall CHL Goaltender of the Year honor, after he posted a 35-23-4 record with a 2.14 GAA and .918 save percentage and six shutouts in 2015-16.
Hart was selected by the Flyers in the second round (48th overall) and was the first goaltender taken by any team in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
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