The Western Hockey League recently announced their respective finalists for the WHL Goaltender of the Year and the winner will be announced at the 2009 WHL awards luncheon in Edmonton on April 29th at the Northlands Agricom.
The Eastern Conference nominee is Saskatoon Blades goaltender Braden Holtby. For a second straight season, Holtby led the WHL in appearances with 61. He posted a 40-16-2-2 record, a 2.62 GAA and a .910SV%. His 40 wins were the second most behind Calgary Hitmen goaltender Martin Jones (45). His six shutouts were tied for second in the WHL as well. Holtby is a 2008 fourth round pick of the Washington Capitals.
The Western Conference nominee is Tri-City Americans goaltender Chet Pickard. It’s the second straight year Pickard has been nominated for the Goaltender of the Year award. He not only won WHL Goaltender of the Year last season, but he was also the Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Year. In 50 games, Pickard posted 35-12-0-3 record along with a 2.28GAA and a .921SV%. The 2008 Nashville Predators first round pick was part of Canada’s Gold medal winning team at the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa.