By Carmen Dittoe – Silvertips Staff Writer
EVERETT, Wash. – After playing over 10,000 minutes in the WHL, goaltender Carter Hart tied Tyson Sexsmith (2004-2009) for the league record in shutouts (26). In his 178th game for the Everett Silvertips, Hart tied ex-Vancouver Giant Sexsmith’s record, who held it with 179 WHL games under his belt.
It was one of the finest pieces to his resume from arguably one of the finest, if not the finest, goaltending career in WHL history.
The record-tying shut out ironically occurred against the Giants, who spent years with Sexmith building his career in the net. It was the second time this season that Hart met Vancouver and captured his second consecutive win. Hart holds 12 out of 22 WHL teams on his list of clean sheet victims, with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Prince George Cougars at a high of four shut outs each. After his first career shutout on September 20, 2014 against Seattle, Hart gleans 15 home-ice sweeps and 11 on the road.
The decorated goaltender finished his final WHL regular season with seven shut outs and a 0.947% save record, breaking yet another personal record and leading the league for the third consecutive season since 2015-16. Hart had only 6 losses in his 41 regular season games played this year and captured another two shut outs in the playoffs.
Hart, the 2017-18 Western Conference Player of the Year, received the 2017-18 Silvertips Most Valuable Player award for the third year in a row. In addition to being named winner of the 2017-18 Four Broncos Trophy (WHL Most Valuable Player), Hart was the first person in CHL history to win the Goalie of the Year award twice.
The Sherwood Park, Alta. native is set to move onto the Philadelphia Flyers organization for the upcoming season.