EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips) announced today that forward Connor Dewar (Toronto Maple Leafs) and goaltender Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers) have been invited to participate in their respective National Hockey League club development camps.
Hart, slated to enter his fourth season with the Silvertips, will skate with the Flyers from July 7-12 in Voorhees and Stone Harbor, N.J. Dewar, entering his third season with the Tips, makes his first NHL development camp appearance and will start with the Leafs on July 6 in Etobicoke, Ontario at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
Hart, 18, is the fourth player in WHL history to win the Goaltender of the Year award in back-to-back seasons, joining Chet Pickard (Tri-City), Mike Vernon (Calgary), and Ray Martynuik (Flin Flon). As a WHL First Team All-Star (Western Conference) honoree in 2016-17, 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 while helping guide the Silvertips to their second U.S. Division title in three years.
With Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Toronto and Montreal, he earned a 2.38 goals-against-average in four games of competition. Hart earned Player of the Game honors in Canada’s semifinal victory on Jan. 4 over Sweden at Montreal.
The Sherwood Park, Alberta native has taken Silvertips MVP honors two straight seasons, is second on the Silvertips all-time shutout list (19), trailing Leland Irving by two and seven away from the league record. He was named Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Year in 2015-16. Last summer, Hart was the first goaltender selected in the National Hockey League Entry Draft and selected by the Flyers in the second round (48th overall). In 149 games of his Silvertips and WHL career in net, he has a record of 85-40-9-9, goals against average of 2.13, and a save percentage of .921.
Dewar, 18, comes off career highs in goals (14), assists (16), and points (30) in 71 games while totaling a pair of points in 10 playoff games with the Tips. He has only missed one game in his two-year WHL career in Everett and past season was named recipient of the Silvertips F.I.E.R.C.E. Predator Award. He had 11 goals and 18 points in 72 games in his maiden 2015-16 season and was named Silvertips Rookie of the Year.
The 5-foot-10, 170 pound forward has earned 48 points and 61 penalty minutes in 143 career WHL games.
Five members from last season’s Silvertips team, capturing their fifth U.S. Division title, are now publicly listed to participate in NHL development camps:
- Patrick Bajkov (F) (Vegas)
- Connor Dewar (F) (Toronto)
- Carter Hart (G) (Philadelphia)
- Aaron Irving (D) (Vancouver)
- Noah Juulsen (D) (Montreal)
Over the first 14 seasons of play for the Silvertips, a total of 17 players have suited up with the Silvertips then advanced to play in the NHL.