Former Los Angeles Jr. King Dustin Wolf has been named the recipient of the USA Hockey Dave Peterson Goaltender of the Year award.
The recipient is chosen from the pool of American-born goaltenders who play at the junior level each year. The award is named in honor of the late Dave Peterson, a passionate leader in goaltender development who twice coached the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
This past season - his third with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Everett Silvertips - Wolf shined between the pipes. Through 46 games, he compiled a 34-10-2-0 record, including nine shutouts, to compliment a 1.88 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.
Those numbers earned Wolf a spot on the WHL’s Western Conference First-Team. He was also named the WHL’s Western Conference Goaltender of the Year and ultimately the league’s Goaltender of the Year.
Among all WHL goaltenders in 2019-20, Wolf, who last month signed an entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames - the team selected him in the seventh round of last year's draft (214th overall) - led the way in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. He was tied for the league lead in victories.
The 6-foot, 165-pound Wolf, a member of this year's U.S. World Junior Team - he backstopped Team USA to a 6-3 win over Germany with a 17-save performance - stifled opposing offenses throughout the regular season. From Jan. 17-22, he compiled a shutout streak of 147:47, including a pair of shutouts against the Seattle Thunderbirds. In 21 of his 46 games, Wolf allowed one goal or fewer.
His 2,713 minutes ranked as the sixth-most among all WHL goaltenders this season. The 1,316 shots faced by Wolf this season were the 10th-most among WHL goaltenders.
For his WHL career, the 19-year-old Wolf, whom the Silvertips selected in the fifth round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft (104th overall), has appeared in 127 WHL regular-season games compiling an 88-31-4-2 record (20 shutouts) to go along with a 1.85 goals-against average and .934 save percentage. and. Wolf presently ranks tied for fifth all-time in WHL history for goaltender shutouts.
He also represented the U.S. on the international stage in 2018, finishing with a 2-1-0-0 record, including one shutout, at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.