Broncos’ Skinner named WHL Goaltender of the Week
Courtesy: Western Hockey League
Swift Current, Sask. – 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 13, 2018.
Skinner, who was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round, 78th overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft, compiled a 3-1 record, 1.49 goals-against-average, and stopped 134 of 140 shots for a .957 save percentage while also recording two shutouts as the Broncos claimed their first WHL Championship since 1993.
The Edmonton, Alta. product began his week with a 37-save performance in Game Three of the 2018 Rogers WHL Championship Series, helping the Broncos gain a 2-1 series advantage with a 3-2 overtime victory. The next night, he delivered the first of his two shutouts in the week, stopping all 32 shots in a 1-0 victory. A 34-save performance followed in Game Five as the Broncos went down to defeat, but Skinner bounced back in Game Six at home, posting a 31-save shutout to clinch the series victory.
Skinner’s performance in the 2018 WHL Playoffs featured him recording a 16-10 record with two overtime losses, a 2.20 GAA, .932 SV% and six shutouts. His 26 games, 1609 minutes, and 811 saves set a new WHL Playoffs records while his six shutouts also tied the current record. Overall, Skinner has appeared in 50 WHL Playoffs games, posting a 27-23 record with five overtime losses, 2.66 GAA, .922 SV% and six shutouts.
Monday morning, Skinner signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Oilers. Originally selected in first round, 17th overall, by the Hurricanes in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound 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 sixth time Skinner has won the award since a mid-season trade brought him to Swift Current.
Skinner and the Broncos will now compete in the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup, which is scheduled to begin Friday, May 18 (8:00 p.m. CT). The Broncos first game will come on Saturday, May 19 (2:00 p.m. CT) when they take on the QMJHL champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan at the Brandt Centre.
WHL Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
May 7 – May 13: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
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.