Carter Hart’s regular season in the WHL with the Everett Silvertips has come to an end — and what a run it was.
The Flyers’ 2016 second-round pick (48th overall) led the entire league in save percentage (.947), goals against average (1.60) and shutouts (seven). Not only were those numbers tops in the WHL, but they were also tops across all three leagues in the CHL (WHL, QMJHL and OHL).
Hart posted a sensational 31-6-3 record and led Team Canada to Gold at the 2018 World Junior Championships. The 19-year-old netminder also tied the WHL’s all-time shutout record held by Vancouver Giants goaltender Tyson Sexsmith (26).
While Hart and the Silvertips get set to face the Seattle Thunderbirds in Round 1 of the WHL Playoffs, it’s worth reflecting on Hart’s incredible regular season.
The WHL is a ridiculously high-scoring league, with 18 players hitting the 40-goal mark this season and nine players reaching 100 points. Hart was simply unbeatable on most nights and won the team’s MVP award for the third straight season.
— xy Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) March 17, 2018
Among goaltenders in the WHL, Cole Kehler of the Portland Winterhawks posted the second-best GAA (2.27), while Victoria Royals’ overager Griffen Outhouse posted the second-best save percentage (.914). Hart simply blew the competition out of the water.
The Silvertips posted the third-best record in the WHL and are set for a long playoff run. Look for Hart to steal the show most nights and build upon his epic regular season. Everett won the Western League’s U.S. Division by five points and has made 15 consecutive playoff appearances. Hart concludes his junior career (regular season) with 190 games played, posting a .927 save percentage over five seasons.
Judging by his spectacular final regular season in the WHL, the 6-foot-2, 185 lbs netminder has a very lengthy professional career in front of him.