WHL News and Notes

Ethan Anders among the best WHL goalies

So far, early in the WHL campaign, the obvious standout for the Red Deer Rebels has been 19-year-old goalie Ethan Anders.

In four starts, the Pilot Butte, Sask. native has a 2.52 goals against average, which is sixth among goalies with four or more starts and 0.929 save percentage currently ranks fourth. He has been the third busiest goalie in the league, facing 140 shots in those four starts. Beck Warm has been the most active goaltender, facing 160 shots over four games. Mads Soogard in Medicine Hat has been one of the best, with a 1.74 GAA and 0,94 SV%.

Where Are They Now?

Masi Marjamaki arrived for the Red Deer Rebels in the 2002-03 season. The Finnish left-winger had a decent start to his WHL career, recording 15 goals and 35 points in 65 games. That summer, he was drafted in the second round, 66th overall by the Boston Bruins. The following season, after just 28 games for the Rebels, Marjamaki was dealt to the Moose Jaw Warriors. It was there where his career excelled, as he notched 71 points in 86 games over two seasons. After the ‘05 season, he was drafted in the fifth round, 144th overall by the New York Islanders.

The Finnish winger played one career NHL game with the Islanders in the 2005-06 season. He also suited up for 153 games in the AHL, before heading back to Finland.

In the top Finnish league over the past decade, Marjamaki has played for four different teams. His best year was a 30-point campaign in 2010-11 with Ilves Tampere.

Last year, he suited up for 45 games with Chomutov Pirati in the Czech league. He notched eight goals and eight assists. This season, at 34, Marjamaki is playing with the Cardiff Devils of the EIHL.

WHL Player of the Week

Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Dylan Cozens was named WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 29. The Buffalo Sabres prospect had a dominant return to the WHL, recording three goals and three assists in two games. Friday, Cozens factored in on both Lethbridge goals in a 5-2 loss to the Red Deer Rebels. He scored the first Hurricanes goal and assisted on the second.

Saturday in Edmonton, Cozens had a pair of goals in a four-point performance to go along with a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings.

After an extended stay at training camp with the Sabres, the 18-year-old Cozens picked up where he left off last season as one of the team’s offensive leaders. In a full 68 games during the 2018-19 WHL regular season, Cozens posted 84 points (34G-50A).

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound product of Whitehorse, Yukon product was drafted seventh overall in the 2019 NHL draft by the Sabres.

WHL Goalie of the Week

Tri-City Americans goalie Beck Warm was named the Eli Wilson Goaltending Goalie of the Week for the week ending Sept. 20.

Warm won both road games for the Americans, stopping 69 of 70 shots and posting one shutout.

Friday, he stopped 31 of 32 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. He was named first star for the performance.

Saturday, Warm ruined the Spokane Chiefs home opener. The six-foot, 172-pound netminder turned aside 38 shots to earn the shutout. He was first star on the evening for his efforts.

The product of Whistler, B.C. was originally listed by the Americans and has steadily become one of the top goaltenders in the league. In 111 WHL regular season games for his career, Warm has a 54-41-6-1 record, 3.18 GAA, .907 SV%, and three shutouts.

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