Carter Hart: 3rd Straight Trip to Canada-Russia Series
EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart has been named to the roster for Team WHL at the upcoming 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series, Nov. 6-7 in Moose Jaw and Swift Current, announced today by the Silvertips in conjunction with the Western Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League.
Hart, 19, has earned his third straight selection to the roster, an essential phase in identifying the final roster for Hockey Canada at the upcoming IIHL World Junior Championship. The overall six-game series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team.
Each of the three CHL member Leagues assembled a selection committee, working closely with Hockey Canada, to select the players for this year’s series.
The Sherwood Park, Alberta native is the reigning back-to-back WHL Goaltender of the Year and Silvertips Most Valuable Player. He comes off last season when he led the league in shutouts (9), goals-against-average (1.99), was tied for the league lead in save percentage (.927) and went 32-11-6-2 in 54 games. As a member of last year’s World Junior club for Hockey Canada, he earned Player of the Game honors in the semifinal victory over Sweden, a silver medal, and forced the gold medal game into a shootout against the United States, earning 2.38 goals against average and .906 save percentage in World Junior competition.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound goaltender is second on the Silvertips all-time shutout list (19), trailing Leland Irving by two and seven away from the league record. He earned the Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Year award in 2016.
Hart was the first goaltender selected in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, drafted by the Flyers in the second round (48th overall). In 151 games of his Silvertips and WHL career in net, he has a record of 86-40-9-9, goals against average of 2.15, and a save percentage of .920.
The series continues into Ontario Hockey League venues on Nov. 9 (Owen Sound) and Nov. 13 (Sudbury), and finishes its final two games involving the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Nov. 14 (Charlottetown) and Nov. 16 (Moncton).
This year, Team WHL will be coached by Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw Warriors), who will also serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Regina Pats general manager and head coach John Paddock and Swift Current Broncos director of player personnel and head coach Manny Viveiros will serve as assistant coaches for Team WHL.