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Hofer Named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

February 19, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks News Release

Toronto, Ont. - The Canadian Hockey League today announced that St. Louis Blues prospect Joel Hofer of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending February 17 with a 2-0-0-0 record, including one shutout victory with a goals-against average of 1.00 and save percentage of .967.

Hofer claims the honor for the first time this season after turning aside 59 shots in two games last week to help the Winterhawks improve to 36-16-3-3 on the season. Against the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday, Hofer stopped 25 shots in an eventual 2-0 victory en route to first star honors and his third shutout of the season. The following night, he came up with a 34-save performance against the Seattle Thunderbirds in a 5-2 win as he improved to 13-25-2-1 on the season.

The 18-year-old Winnipeg, Man. native is competing in his second season in the Western Hockey League. Acquired from the Swift Current Broncos in a January trade, Hofer has notched a .920 save percentage and 2.76 goals-against average in 11 games since the deal.

For his WHL career, the 6-foot-3, 157-pound netminder has appeared in 60 WHL regular season games, posting a 21-28-3-2 record, 0.909 save percentage, 3.40 goals-against average and four shutouts.

Also considered for the award this week was Jonathan Lemieux of the Val d'Or Foreurs who posted a 2-0-0-0 record in two appearances for a GAA of 1.00 SV% of .969. In the OHL, Kai Edmonds of the Barrie Colts went 2-0-0-0, stopping 51 shots for a GAA of 1.50 and SV% of .944.

Western Hockey League goalies have won the CHL Vaughn Goaltender of the Week award in six of the last 13 weeks. Up next, the Portland Winterhawks will visit the Tri-City Americans on Friday, February 22 (7:05 p.m. PT) at the Toyota Center.

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