Dustin Wolf Named Back-to-Back WHL Western Conference Goaltender of the Year
EVERETT, WA – Dustin Wolf, goaltender for the Everett Silvertips, was named back-to-back Western Conference Goaltender of the Year of the Western Hockey League for the 2019-20 season. Wolf led or tied for the lead for the WHL in four goaltending categories: wins, shutouts, save percentage, and goals-against-average while and twice was named WHL Vaughn Goaltender of the Month this season.
“It’s an honor and privilege to receive this recognition for the second straight year,” said Wolf. “I set a goal for this accomplishment at the beginning of the year – and while it’s nice to reach it, by no means do I consider this a total individual award. It’s a full team effort and goaltenders don’t get here without a great support system, from the defense, forwards, coaching staff, family, the Calgary Flames, and a great consultant like James Jensen. It motivates me for more success along the way and this award is a tribute to everyone involved. I’m grateful for them.”
With Wolf in net, the Silvertips reached the top of the WHL’s U.S. Division and Western Conference with a 44-12-3-1 record through 60 games, good for 92 points and finishing the season with victories in 13 of their final 14 games, a 46-13-3-1 record, 96 points – second most in the U.S. Division and entire league.
The native of Tustin, Calif. was selected by the Calgary Flames in the 7th round of the 2019 National Hockey League Entry Draft and embarked on a season where he led the WHL in goals-against-average (1.88), shutouts (9), save percentage (.935), and tied Joel Hofer of Portland for the league lead in wins (35), going 34-10-2-0 in 46 games.
In Silvertips single season history, his nine shutouts tied Carter Hart (2016-17) for third, his .935 save percentage is third highest, and his 35 wins tied Hart (2015-16) for third. Last season, Wolf also represented USA Hockey at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships, earning a victory in his sole appearance.
Through 127 games of his Silvertips and WHL career – Wolf, 19, is 88-31-4-2 with a .934 save percentage, 1.85 goals-against-average, and 20 shutouts.
Wolf needs seven shutouts to set a new Silvertips and WHL career record, shared by Hart and Tyson Sexsmith of Vancouver (26).
The 6-foot, 161-pound goaltender, who is the fifth consecutive honoree from the Silvertips as Western Conference Goaltender of the Year, was last season named CHL Scholastic Player of the Year and WHL (Western Conference) First Team All-Star while going 41-15-2-2 with a 1.69 goals-against-average and .936 save percentage in 61 games, en route to the Silvertips third straight U.S. Division title.
As this year’s Western Conference Goaltender of the Year, he is eligible again for the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy, awarded to the WHL Goaltender of the Year. The winner of the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy will be announced on Monday, May 18. Winners of the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy / WHL Goaltender of the Year Award (since 2000): 2018-19: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders 2017-18: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
2016-17: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
2015-16: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips 2014-15: Taran Kozun, Seattle Thunderbirds
2013-14: Jordon Cooke, Kelowna Rockets
2012-13: Patrik Bartosak, Red Deer Rebels
2011-12: Tyler Bunz, Medicine Hat Tigers
2010-11: Darcy Kuemper, Red Deer Rebels
2009-10: Martin Jones, Calgary Hitmen
2008-09: Chet Pickard, Tri-City Americans
2007-08: Chet Pickard, Tri-City Americans
2006-07: Carey Price, Tri-City Americans
2005-06: Justin Pogge, Calgary Hitmen
2004-05: Jeff Glass, Kootenay ICE
2003-04: Cam Ward, Red Deer Rebels
2002-03: Josh Harding, Regina Pats
2001-02: Cam Ward, Red Deer Rebels
2000-01: Dan Blackburn, Kootenay ICE
1999-00: Bryce Wandler, Swift Current Broncos