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Wolf named CHL Goaltender of the Year

By Brian McDonough, 06/08/20, 4:00PM PDT


Former Los Angeles Jr. King and Calgary Flames prospect Dustin Wolf, who finished a stellar campaign with the WHL's Everett Silvertips, was named the recipient of the CHL Goaltender of the Year Award for the 2019-20 season.

Former Los Angeles Jr. King Dustin Wolf was named the recipient of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Goaltender of the Year Award for the 2019-20 season.

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.

With those numbers, Wolf led all CHL goaltenders in goals-against average, save percentage and shutout victories. He finished the season tied for second in overall wins.

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) - earned a spot on the WHL’s Western Conference First-Team and was also named the WHL’s Western Conference Goaltender of the Year and ultimately the league’s Goaltender of the Year.

“I want to thank the CHL for the Goaltender of the Year Award; it’s a really big honor,” Wolf said. “I’d like to thank the coaching staff and everybody out in Everett. Additionally, our goalie coach James Jensen, for the continuous support throughout the season.

“I’d also like to thank my parents for the awesome support they give me each and every day, and finally I’d like to thank the fans for all the support they give us each and every game. It’s a real pleasure playing out in Everett and I hope to see you guys next season.”

The 6-foot, 165-pound Wolf, a member of this year's U.S. World Junior Team, 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.

The CHL Goaltender of the Year is selected among one nominee from each of the three leagues that comprise the CHL: the WHL, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior League.

Last week, Wolf was named the recipient of the USA Hockey Dave Peterson Goaltender of the Year Award, which is chosen from the pool of American-born goaltenders who played at the junior level.