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Alumni Spotlight: Mads Søgaard

April 29, 2024 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
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Medicine Hat, AB - As the off-season rolls on, the Medicine Hat Tigers will be looking back key dates, games, teams and players from our storied history from now until the beginning of the 2024-2025 season. We take a look back a puckstopper that had a towering impact from 2018-2020.

Selected in the 1st round, 32nd overall in the CHL Import Draft in 2018, goaltender Mads Søgaard came to the Tigers as goaltender measuring at an astonishing 6'7, you knew there was potential and a personality that would soon come out of his shell when suiting up for the Tigers.

The Danish born goaltender was the top goaltender to come out of Denmark winning numerous awards before being drafted by the Tigers. Søgaard was ranked right away as one of the top goaltenders for the 2019 NHL Draft finishing as high as 2nd among North American skaters. In his rookie season with the Tigers, Mads did not disappoint in the Tigers net as he went 19-8-4 in 37 games played, sporting .921 save percentage and 2.64 goals against average, while adding three shutouts to his name.

Søgaard would end up being a WHL Eastern Conference 2nd Team All-Star, but also represented Denmark at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Come draft day in Vancouver Søgaard would have to wait until Day 2 of the draft and was selected 37th overall by the Ottawa Senators, the third goalie to be picked in the draft. (Spencer Knight, FLA & Pytor Kochetkov, CAR). Mads would then make his way back to Medicine Hat, the team was on a roll. Finishing 41-19-3 the Tigers were primed to make a run at their 6th WHL Title but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, that story would not have the storybook end the team would want as the season was canceled. Ending Søgaard's tenure as a Tiger and beginning his pro career with the Ottawa Senators organization.

He'd make his pro debut in 2020-21 with the Belleville Senators going a perfect 7-0 in a shortened pro season, while in 2021-22 he would make 35 appearances with the AHL club going 19-14-1 with a .908 save percentage and 2.86 GAA before getting that elusive call to the National Hockey League on April 1st 2022. It was no joke as the second Danish goaltender in NHL history would make his debut in a 5-2 victory for the Ottawa Senators over the Detroit Red Wings. In February 2022 Søgaard would take another step being named Rookie of the Month for the NHL.

Søgaard has been slowly making his way to stay in the NHL with the Senators, playing in 27 games with a 10-10-3 record. But in the AHL ranks he has been an elite goaltender in 96 games played a 50-33-6 record with a .908 save percentage and 2.80 GAA with two shutouts in his career and recently etched his name in Belleville Senators history as the winningest goaltender and counting in the win column.

The Medicine Hat Tigers organization would like to congratulate Mads on his success thusfar and will always remember you as a great Tiger and wish you all the best in pushing onward in your career.

Stay tuned for the latest Tigers news, stories, events and more on our website and social media channels. Don't miss the WHL Prospects Draft coming up on March 9th at 10 AM/MT with the US Prospects Draft on May 8th.

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