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WHL News and Notes

Where are they now?

Forward Luke Philip was acquired by the Red Deer Rebels on Jan. 3, 2016. In his final WHL season, Philip was stellar for the Rebels with 16 goals in 17 games. In 17 playoff games, the Canmore, Alta. native had 13 points.

After his stint in Red Deer, Philip attended the University of Alberta to play for the Golden Bears. In his first year, the five-foot-10, 174-pound centre had 18 points in 26 games. He was part of the Golden Bears group that won the U Sports Men’s Hockey national championship last season.

He’s off to a fantastic start this year, with 20 points in 12 games. The hot-start got him named the Canada West Men’s Hockey First Half Top Performer. is one of four Golden Bears inside the conference’s top 10 in scoring at the December break, as Alberta sits second in the CW standings heading into 2019.

Minor Trade

The Red Deer Rebels made a minor swap this week, acquiring goalie Eric Ward from the Seattle Thunderbirds. Red Deer sent a seventh-round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft to Seattle.

Ward is currently playing with the Edmonton Canadian Athletic Club in the Alberta (AAA) Midget Hockey League. He has played in 12 games this season with CAC, he has a record of 5-4-3, a 3.42 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

Ward played 2 preseason games with the Thunderbirds this fall; his record was 1-1-0-0 witha 2.90 goals against average of 2.90 and .913 save percentage. He will remain in Edmonton with the Edmonton Canadian Athletic Club. The Rebels only had two signed goalies in Byron Fancy and Ethan Anders, so they needed a third under contract.

WHL Goalie of the Week

Everett Silvertips goalie Dustin Wolf was the WHL and CHL Goalie of the Week for the week ending Dec. 9. Wolf won all three games during that stretch, stopping 89 of 92 shots while also posting a shutout. His week started with a 25-save, 4-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs.

Saturday he turned aside 43 shots in a 2-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds and was third star for his efforts. Sunday, he stopped 21 saves to earn a 2-0 shutout over the Chiefs and earned first star for his play.

The five-foot-11, 160-pound product of Tustin, Cali. improved to 23-7-1- on the year with a 1.84goals against average and .928 save percentage. He is currently ranked a “C-prospect” on the NHL Central Scouting players to watch list for the 2019 NHL Draft.

WHL Player of the Week

Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Jett Woo was the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 9. Woo, who was selected in the second round, 37th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2018 NHL Draft, posted seven points (1G-6A) in three games this week.

At home Wednesday he recorded his first WHL four-point game with a goal and three assists during a 6-5 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Friday in Saskatoon he had a pair of primary assists in a 3-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades and he closed out the week with an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Blades.

Woo is currently on an eight-game point streak, during that stretch he has 13 points. The 6-foot-0, 203-pound product of Winnipeg, Man. has 23 points in 24 games this year, nearly eclipsing his career-high 25 last season.

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