CALGARY, AB. – The WHL Player of the Week is goaltender Darcy Kuemper of the Red Deer Rebels.
Kuemper posted a 3-0-0-0 road record this past week with two shut-outs, stopping 85 of 86 shots faced for a remarkable 0.320 goals-against average and a 0.988 save percentage.
On Wednesday, January 12th, the Rebels were in Moose Jaw to face the Warriors at the Civic Centre. Kuemper stopped all 32 shots faced and was named the games 1st Star as the Rebels shut-out the Warriors 4-0. On Friday, January 14th, the Rebels were at Westman Place in Brandon to take on the Wheat Kings. Kuemper stopped 29 of 30 shots faced and was named the games 2nd Star in the Rebels 2-1 shoot-out victory over the Wheaties. The next stopped for the Rebels was a date with the Pats on Saturday, January 15th at the Brandt Centre in Regina. Kuemper stopped all 24 shots face and was named the games 3rd Star in the Rebels 6-0 win over the Pats.
Kuemper currently leads WHL goaltenders in all major categories with a 1.80 goals-against average, 0.933 save percentage, 28 wins and eight shut-outs. The Rebels have won five straight road games and eight of their last 11 ranking them 2nd in the WHL Eastern Conference with a 29-12-1-4 record for 63 points, juts five back of the League leading Saskatoon Blades.
Kuemper, a 20 year old from Saskatoon, SK, is playing his third full season with the Red Deer Rebels. Originally a third round WHL Bantam Draft selection of the Spokane Chiefs in 2005, he was selected in the 6th round of the NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild in 2009
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