The Western Hockey League announced today that Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman Ethan Bear has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 2, 2017.

Bear registered seven points (2G-5A) in two games, helping the Thunderbirds complete a four-game sweep of the Tri-City Americans in their first-round playoff series.

On Wednesday, March 29, Bear shredded the Americans for two goals and three assists in a 9-2 win at Tri-City, earning first-star recognition for his efforts. He followed that up with another two assists on Friday, March 31 in a 5-2 win at Tri-City as the Seattle Thunderbirds collected a fourth consecutive victory to advance to the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs.

Bear, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers in July 2016, is currently tied for the WHL Playoffs scoring lead among defencemen with nine points (2G-7A) alongside David Quenneville of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

He finished the 2016-17 WHL regular season third in scoring among defencemen with 70 points (28G-42A) in 67 games.

A fifth-round pick (124th) of the Edmonton Oilers at the 2015 NHL Draft, Bear has accumulated 192 points (66G-126A) in 264 career WHL regular season outings. Additionally, he has 38 points (13G-25A) to his credit through 37 career WHL playoff games.

This is Bear’s second WHL Player of the Week honour in 2016-17. He was previously recognize for the week ending February 19, 2017.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound product of Ochapowace, Sask., was originally a second-round pick (25th) of the Seattle Thunderbirds at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Bear and the Thunderbirds will look to extend their post-season success from the first round into the second round when they take on the Everett Silvertips in a best-of-seven series beginning Friday, April 7 at Xfinity Arena.


The Western Hockey League announced today that Everett Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week and the league nominee for Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending April 2, 2017.

The 18-year-old Hart went 3-1 with a 1.07 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and one shutout as the Everett Silvertips advanced to the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs following a six-game series triumph over the Victoria Royals.

On Tuesday, March 28, Hart stopped all 25 shots sent his way in a 2-0 victory at Victoria, earning third-star honours for his play. He followed up by making 18 saves on Wednesday, March 29 in a 2-1 loss at Victoria before turning aside another 17 pucks in a 3-2 overtime win versus Victoria on Friday, March 31. Capping the weekend, Hart put forth a first-star performance by making 64 saves in a marathon game that set a WHL and CHL record for the longest game in history as the Silvertips squeezed out a 3-2 win in the fifth overtime after playing 151:36 of hockey.

To this point in the 2017 WHL Playoffs, Hart ranks second in GAA (1.58), fourth in SV% (.938), T-4th in wins (four) and T-2nd in shutouts (one).

Hart, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers in October 2016, went 32-11-6-2 with a 1.99 GAA, .927 SV% and nine shutouts through 54 regular season appearances in 2016-17. On three prior occasions, he has been recognized with WHL Goaltender of the Week honours, including for the weeks ending November 20 and November 27, 2016, as well as for the week ending January 15, 2017.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound product of Sherwood Park, Alta., has gone 85-40-9-9 with a 2.13 GAA, .921 SV% and 19 shutouts in 149 career WHL regular season appearances.

In 23 career WHL post-season contests, Hart is 11-12 with a 2.10 GAA, .931 SV% and two shutouts.

Hart and the Everett Silvertips will open the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs Friday, April 7, on home ice against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 23 – Sept. 25: Chad Butcher, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel, Regina Pats
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Connor Hobbs, Regina Pats
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander True, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy, Regina Pats
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Calvin Thurkauf, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Deven Sideroff, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jake Bean, Calgary Hitmen
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds
Feb. 20 – Feb. 27: Nick Henry, Regina Pats
Feb. 28 – March 5: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
March 6 – March 12: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
March 13 – 19: Brandon Hagel, Red Deer Rebels
March 20 – 27: Sam Steel, Regina Pats
March 28 – April 2:  Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds

WHL Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Sept. 23 – Sept. 25: Travis Child, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Nick Schneider, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell, Saskatoon Blades
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Michael Herringer, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Payton Lee, Kootenay ICE
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Dylan Ferguson, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Ty Edmonds, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse, Victoria Royals
Jan. 1 – Jan. 8: Rylan Parenteau, Tri-City Americans
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Rylan Toth, Seattle Thunderbirds
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 20 – Feb. 27: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 28 – March 5: Michael Herringer, Kelowna Rockets
March 6 – March 12: Tyler Brown, Regina Pats
March 13 – 19: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
March 20 – 27: Michael Herringer, Kelowna Rockets
March 28 – April 2: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips