Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Regina Pats goaltender Max Paddock has been named the WHL Rookie of the Month for March 2018.
Paddock posts a 7-0-0-0 record, 2.49 goals-against-average, and a .910 save percentage as the Pats improved down the stretch to close out the regular season, clinching third place in the competitive East Division at the conclusion of the regular season.
Thrust into the starting role following an injury, Paddock picked up road victories against the playoff-bound Medicine Hat Tigers, and Lethbridge Hurricanes while also securing home victories against a pair of strong divisional opponents in the Prince Albert Raiders and Swift Current Broncos. He also picked up wins against the Calgary Hitmen, Edmonton Oil Kings, and Kootenay ICE throughout the month, allowing two goals or fewer in four of his eight appearances.
The perfect month also helped Paddock cap off what has been a career regular season for the goaltender, who has taken just two regulation defeats in the 2018 calendar year. Overall, Paddock finished with a 19-7-1-1 record, 2.90 GAA, and .904 SV% this season.
WHL Rookie of the Month
March: Max Paddock, Regina Pats
February: Bowen Byram, Vancouver Giants
January: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
December: Peyton Krebs, Kootenay ICE
November: Brodi Stuart, Kamloops Blazers
September/October: Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.