Armada’s Émile Samson named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Émile Samson of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 22 after posting a 2-0 record including one shutout for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .979.

Samson turned aside 47 of the 48 shots he faced last week as the Armada opened their QMJHL Semi-Final series with a pair of victories on home ice against the Charlottetown Islanders.  On Friday night he made 19 saves and was named first star in the 3-1 win, then had a 28-save performance in Game 2 on Saturday again earning first star honours in the 1-0 decision.  The win was not only his first career post-season shutout, but also his 23rd consecutive game without a regulation loss with the streak dating back to December 10.  The series continues on Tuesday night in Charlottetown.

A 19-year-old rookie from Lévis, Quebec, Samson joined the Armada as a free agent in 2016.  He currently holds a perfect 9-0 record in the QMJHL playoffs while his goals-against-average of 1.73 and save percentage of .929 are both top marks among league leaders.  During the regular season he appeared in 27 games for the Armada with 17 victories earning a goals-against-average of 2.12 and save percentage of .907.

Also considered for the award this week was Edmonton Oilers prospect Stuart Skinner of the Swift Current Broncos who posted a 3-0 record including a Game 7 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors in the second round plus two Eastern Conference Championship wins against the Lethbridge Hurricanes making a total of 100 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.58 and save percentage of .952.  In the OHL, Detroit Red Wings prospect Kaden Fulcher of the Hamilton Bulldogs posted a 3-0 record against the Kingston Frontenacs to open the Eastern Conference Championship Series making 75 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .949.

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Evan Fitzpatrick (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Patrick Dea (Tri-City Americans)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Patrick Dea (Tri-City Americans)
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Etienne Montpetit (Victoriaville Tigres)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Shane Farkas (Portland Winterhawks)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Emanuel Vella (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Riley Lamb (Red Deer Rebels)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Brody Willms (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Zachary Bouthillier (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Mario Culina (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: James Porter (Kelowna Rockets)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Tristan Bérubé (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Anthony Morrone (Victoriaville Tigres)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranada Huskies)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

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