Dustin Wolf Named WHL U.S. Division Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year
EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips, eight-time U.S. Division champions and two-time Western Conference champions of the Western Hockey League, announced in conjunction with the league that Silvertips goaltender Dustin Wolf has been named WHL U.S. Division Player of the Year and U.S. Division Goaltender of the Year.
Wolf becomes the second Silvertip in four seasons (Carter Hart) to accept a league award in goaltending and overall categories. Hart was named recipient of the WHL Del Wilson Memorial Trophy (Goaltender of the Year) and Four Broncos Memorial Trophy (league most valuable player) in 2017-18, which was Wolf’s rookie campaign with the franchise.
“Dustin Wolf has never taken his eyes off the mission of being an ultimate competitor and we’re extremely proud of him today for being recognized as the WHL’s U.S. Division Player of the Year, and U.S. Division Goaltender of the Year,” said Silvertips head coach and interim general manager Dennis Williams. “Every year, he’s been handed a challenge and every year, he’s succeeded with conquering those challenges – from being ready for his workload, to the NHL Draft, to being ready for the next level. Both awards are symbolic of his effort, dedication, commitment and the outstanding job by goaltending coach James Jensen.”
“It’s an incredible honor to accept the WHL’s U.S. Division Goaltender of the Year and Player of the Year awards,” said Wolf. “This moment wouldn’t be possible without my great teammates, coaches, and family who supported, pushed, challenged, and encouraged my every step. It’s made four seasons in Everett an incredible experience. I’m grateful for that, and our fans.”
The Gilroy, Calif. native and member of the WHL U.S. Division All-Star Team returned from the pause of the coronavirus pandemic to record shutouts in his first three games and set a new Silvertips record for longest shutout streak, dating back to the end of 2019-20, at 216:27. He finished 18-3-0-0 in 22 games with a 1.80 goals-against average, .940 save percentage, and four shutouts as the Silvertips claimed their fourth U.S. Division title in five seasons.
The 6-foot-0, 168-pound goaltender led the league in wins, finished tied for first in shutouts, and was second in goals against average and save percentage.
Wolf allowed only one goal or less in ten appearances. He was twice named WHL Goaltender of the Week and ended the U.S. Division championship campaign with wins in his final four games, earning a .934 save percentage with 100 saves on 107 shots.
Wolf, 20, was selected in the seventh round by the Calgary Flames in the 2019 National Hockey League Entry Draft and is 106-34-4-2 in 149 games for his career, all in a Silvertips jersey. His 24 career shutouts are second all-time in franchise history and third in WHL history, trailing Tyson Sexsmith (Vancouver) and former teammate Carter Hart with 26. Before this season, he earned a gold medal with USA Hockey at the 2021 World Junior championships, was 2-1-0-0 in his pro debut with the Stockton Heat (AHL), and last season was named WHL and CHL Goaltender of the Year.
ABOUT THE SILVERTIPS AND THE NHL
A total of 20 players have suited up in an Everett Silvertips jersey and advanced to play in the National Hockey League, since the Silvertips joined the WHL in 2003-04. Entering this season, the Silvertips have elevated 27 players to be selected by teams in the NHL Entry Draft, including eight over the previous three seasons, while 11 Silvertips have signed three-year, NHL entry level or AHL contracts since 2018. The Seattle Kraken, an expansion franchise scheduled to play 30 miles away from Everett at Climate Pledge Arena, will make their NHL debut in the 2021-22 season.
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