EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips today announced the signing of 1998-born goaltender Carter Hart to a Western Hockey League Educational Contract. Hart is in Everett this week practicing with the Silvertips and will serve as the club’s backup goaltender through a set of three games in three days this weekend.
“We really believe that Carter has a bright future with us going forward and are happy to have him signed,” said Silvertips General Manager Garry Davidson. “I saw quite a bit of him during his bantam year, and since then our Head Scout Bil La Forge and Edmonton-area scout Matt Beck have kept a close eye on him. He’s having a great year in the Alberta Minor Midget League and we’ve been impressed not only by his play on the ice, but also the commitment he’s shown off the ice as well.”
Hart, 15, was Everett’s eighth round selection (158th overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, he is spending this season with the Sherwood Park Squires of the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League. Hart is currently the top goaltender in the AMMHL, leading the league with a 1.92 goals-against average and four shutouts. He ranks second with a .937 saves percentage on his way to compiling a 13-3-3 record with the Squires this season.
“I’ve been very impressed in the short amount of time I’ve worked with Carter so far,” said Silvertips Goaltending Coach Shane Clifford. “Technically he’s very good and his mobility is off the charts. He’s also a great kid who is always smiling and fun to be around. He has a great attitude about life and hockey.”
The WHL Scholarship encourages graduates to pursue a post-secondary education while also affording them the opportunity to continue playing hockey at an elite level in the Canadian University or College systems. For every season a player spends in the WHL, he receives a full year guaranteed Scholarship to a higher education institution. Each year over 300 WHL graduates attend a university or college on a WHL Scholarship.
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