January 3, 2018 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manitoba Moose
The Winnipeg Jets hockey club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today announced that goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has been named the NHL's First Star of the Week for the week ending Dec. 31/17.
Hellebuyck, 24, led the Jets to three consecutive wins last week coming out of the Christmas break. He stopped 22 of 25 shots in a 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, 42 of 45 shots in a 4-2 victory against the New York Islanders on Friday and ended the week by making 35 saves to shut out the Oilers 5-0 on Sunday. In total, he saved 99 of the 104 shots he faced last week for a .952 save percentage. He also had a 1.69 goals-against average in the three games. Since Dec. 16/17, Hellebuyck is unbeaten in regulation with a 5-0-1 record and has a 1.65 goals-against average and .949 save percentage in the six games.
On the season, Hellebuyck has a 21-4-5 record with a 2.37 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. He's in the NHL's top 10 in wins (3rd), goals-against average (7th) and save percentage (T-7th). He's also tied for fourth in the NHL this season with three shutouts.
This is the first time in his career that Hellebuyck has been selected in the NHL's Three Stars of the Week. He joins Blake Wheeler (Dec. 4 - First Star) and Nikolaj Ehlers (Oct. 16 - First Star) as members of the Jets that have earned NHL Three Stars of the Week honours this season.
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