CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Kent Simpson, of the Everett Silvertips, has been named the VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month for March.
The 19 year-old goaltender posted a 5-2-0-1 record through his last eight regular season games in March, posting a 2.11 goals-against average and 0.938 save percentage. He started all but one game for the Silvertips during the month which included a four game win streak and stopping 255 of 272 shots faced.
Simpson’s consistent play helped the Silvertips clinch their ninth straight WHL Playoff berth, finishing 8th in the WHL Western Conference. His efforts also earned him a Three Star selection in five of his games played through March, with one being a 1st Star.
Simpson, from Edmonton, AB, just completed his fourth full season with the Everett Silvertips. A first round selection by the ‘Tips in the 2007 WHL Draft, Simpson was selected in the 2nd round – 58th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 NHL Draft. He finished the 2011-12 WHL regular season facing the 2nd most shots with 2128, all while maintain a 0.909 save-percentage, 8th among all WHL goaltenders.
His accomplishments make Kent Simpson a deserving choice as the VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month for March.
2011-12 VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month
March: Kent Simpson, Everett Silvertips
February: Tyler Bunz, Medicine Hat Tigers
January: Chris Driedger, Calgary Hitmen
December: Ty Rimmer, Tri-City Americans
November: Brandon Glover, Calgary Hitmen
September/October: Nathan Lieuwen, Kootenay Ice
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