Courtesy: Western Hockey League
Everett, Wash. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Swift Current Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week and league nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending May 7, 2018.
Skinner, who was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round, 78th overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft, maintained a 2-1-0-0 record, 1.93 goals-against-average and stopped 96 of 102 shots directed his way for a .941 save percentage as the Broncos captured the Eastern Conference Championship and advanced to the 2018 Rogers WHL Championship Series for the first time since 1993.
Monday’s 5-1 win against the Lethbridge Hurricanes helped to clinch that Eastern Conference Championship, with Skinner stopping 33 of 34 shots in the win. The first and only visiting goaltender to win in Lethbridge during the 2018 WHL Playoffs, Skinner was named the third star of the night in the WHL for his efforts.
Friday night in Game One of the WHL Championship against the Everett Silvertips, Skinner was sharp once again, making 23 saves on 25 shots, but was edged in a tight 2-1 goaltending duel. Skinner and the Broncos would rebound in Game Two however, with Skinner stopping 40 of 43 shots in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Silvertips. Overall, teams went 1-for-10 on the power play against Skinner throughout the week.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound product of Edmonton, Alta. has now played in 22 games during the 2018 WHL Playoffs, sporting a 13-9 record with two overtime losses, 2.33 GAA, .927 SV% and four shutouts. Skinner first among WHL goaltenders for GAA, SV%, and shutouts, while also remaining tied for first in wins throughout the 2018 WHL Playoffs. Overall, Skinner has appeared in 46 career WHL Playoffs games, maintaining a 24-22 record with five overtime losses, 2.76 GAA, .918 SV% and four shutouts.
Originally selected in first round, 17th overall, by the Hurricanes in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Skinner has appeared in 207 WHL regular season games, maintaining a 104-72-9-6 record, 3.22 GAA, .908 SV% and 12 shutouts. This week’s honour marks the fifth time Skinner has won the award since a mid-season trade brought him to Swift Current.
With the 2018 Rogers WHL Championship Series tied 1-1, the series has now shifted to Everett, Wash. for the next three contests, beginning with Game Three at Angel of the Winds Arena on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (7:05 p.m. PST).
WHL Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Apr. 30 – May 6: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Apr. 23 – Apr. 29: Logan Flodell, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Patrick Dea, Tri-City Americans
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Patrick Dea, Tri-City Americans
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Shane Farkas, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Riley Lamb, Red Deer Rebels
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Brody Willms, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Riley Lamb, Red Deer Rebels
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Nolan Maier, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 27 – Dec. 31: James Porter, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: David Tendeck, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Brody Willms, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 23 — Oct. 29: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Dawson Weatherill, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tavin Grant, Prince George Cougars
Sept. 22 – Sept. 24: Griffen Outhouse, Victoria Royals
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.